And They Found No Witches: A True Police Story

And They Found No Witches: A True Police Story

  • Publish Date: 2015-07-14
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Tom Alessi
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A member of the Rochester, NY Police Departments Narcotics Unit had a history of theft and illegal activitya history carefully hidden from his squad members. Believing his luck was running out, the investigator approached federal prosecutors with a deal to turn evidence against his fellow officers. The possibility that a crooked cop might be willing to fabricate such evidence apparently never entered the prosecutors minds. A deal was struck, and for five months, the tainted cop wore a body wire, making up stories of misconduct and embellishing the facts of actual events for his handlers. When the federal government indicted Sergeant Tom Alessi and four of his colleagues in August 1991 on nineteen counts and seventy-two overt acts of theft, evidence planting, and excessive force, prosecutors planned to steamroll the officers into pleading guilty. They did not, instead they stood firm against invented lies and federal pressure while the media destroyed their reputations. Told in Tom Alessis own words, And They Found No Witches recounts the remarkable true story of law enforcement officers who refused to sacrifice their honorwhile serving as a cautionary tale of the power of a cynical justice system.

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