Bad to Worse
- The confidential informant on whose word Atlanta police raided the house of an 88-year-old woman is now saying he never purchased drugs from her house and was told by police to lie and say he did.
Chief Richard Pennington, in a press conference Monday evening, said his department learned two days ago that the informant --— who has been used reliably in the past by the narcotics unit -- denied providing information to officers about a drug deal at 933 Neal Street in northwest Atlanta.
"The informant said he had no knowledge of going into that house and purchasing drugs," Pennington said. "We don't know if he's telling the truth."
God help the Atlanta PD if any lies were told during or after the warrant was put together and executed. We can't see the entry team being held liable as they were acting in good faith and believed they were taking fire from a dope house. But if the officers who drafted the warrant aren't 100% legit, what you have here could be charitably called Manslaughter. If the Feds prosecute, throw in some civil rights charges and someone is facing 30 years easy.