Camden Pays $3.5 million in Police Corruption Case

The ACLU today announced that Camden’s City Hall will pay $3.5 million to settle cases in which its police officers fabricated evidence to obtain convictions—with the result that 88 people served 109 years in prison before having their convictions overturned. “(These were) police officers who planted drugs on people, who testified untruthfully at trials before grand juries and so forth,” said New Jersey ACLU policy counsel Alexander Shalom, “and of these five police officers four of them either pleaded guilty or were found guilty at trial.” Of course, Camden remains notoriously A) broke and B) crime-ridden, which makes this depressing story even more depressing. [NewsWorks]