Former Highland Park officer pleads to extortion
Shawn William admits to taking money in exchange for protecting shipment of cocaine
A former Highland Park police officer has pleaded guilty to extortion and protecting a shipment of cocaine.
Shawn Williams this week admitted in Detroit federal court to taking money in exchange for protecting a shipment of cocaine.
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The 33-year-old Detroit resident says he assisted with the protection of what he believed to be the cocaine shipment in exchange for a $1,000 bribe. The purported smugglers actually were undercover FBI agents.
Two other former Highland Park officers also are charged in the case. Former Highland Park Officer Craig Clayton pleaded guilty in March.
With their guilty pleas, Williams and Clayton face a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Last March, Highland Park police chief Lorenzo Veal II resigned abruptly without giving a reason.
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