It’s the same old story. Dirty cops use fake drug raids to rob from drug dealers and enrich themselves. Ah, but there’s a twist: they bribed a judge to get the search warrants. And yes, this really happened:
A crooked former Chicago cop testified Wednesday that he paid a judge in connection with a search warrant.
Richard Doroniuk, who has pleaded guilty to robbing drug dealers, is a government witness at his former partner’s trial in federal court. He faces more than 20 years in prison, but is hoping for a lesser sentence for his cooperation.
Doroniuk testified he and partner Mahmoud “Mike” Shamah stole money and drugs from suspected dope dealers in 2005 and 2006 while they were tactical officers in the Morgan Park District.
While discussing the search warrants that the officers obtained, Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Egan asked Doroniuk if he ever gave money to a judge.
“He asked for it,” Doroniuk said, adding that he paid the judge. Doroniuk did not elaborate on why he paid the unnamed judge.
Under questioning from Shamah’s attorney, Anthony Pinelli, Doroniuk said a judge approved a search warrant even though the judge knew there really was no “John Doe” informant. Such informants are supposed to appear before judges to provide the basis for a search.
And that’s not all:
Doroniuk said he would plant drugs on people when searches turned up nothing because he and Shamah needed to arrest someone to satisfy their bosses. He said he bought those drugs — which he called “insurance” — from Cross.
Doroniuk said he paid Cross for the drugs with cash he stole from people during searches and traffic stops.
This is hardly an isolated case. The drug task force cops in Atlanta that killed an elderly woman after faking an informant’s report did the same thing, carried around drugs in the trunks of their police cars so they could plant them on people and arrest them. At least seven cops in Oakland lied to judges to get warrants. This is very, very common. Why do cops do this? Because they can. What are the drug dealers going to do, call the cops? They are a ready source of income and easily blackmailed and shaken down.