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FBI: Former Chief Was 'Best Cop Money Can Buy'

June 21, 2013  | 

Screenshot via KDKA.
Screenshot via KDKA.
A federal judge has sentenced a former police chief from a suburban Pittsburgh agency to more than 11 years in federal prison for offering to protect drug loads and sell restricted police equipment.

Donald Solomon, 57, was the chief of the East Washington (Pa.) Police Department in 2011, when an FBI informant recorded video of him offering to protect a drug load and bragging that he was "the best cop money can buy," reports KDKA.

Judge Joi Flowers Conti handed down the sentence on June 14. Solomon was convicted of multiple violations of the Hobbs Act. An FBI investigation collected evidence of Solomon recorded on video and audio protecting drug deals, and threatening to kill a local council man and former girlfriend, according to the FBI.

Solomon also offered to sell law enforcement TASERs to the informant that would be used to protect the loads.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Police Chiefs, Police Corruption


Comments (4)

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Random @ 6/24/2013 4:23 PM

"drug loads"?

Capt. Crunch @ 6/24/2013 6:59 PM

Solomon, your a POS.

R. Hillsman @ 6/25/2013 1:56 AM

Why only 11 years??? His career was probably filled with other indiscretions for which he more than likely profitted greatly. Hard to believe this behavior was his first foray into crooked policing.

Lt. Sal @ 6/25/2013 5:46 AM

A dirty cop really hurts the profession. This isnt someone getting away with speeding, this man was giving passage to bad guys, potentially putting officers in harms way. The penalty should be much stiffer given the fact we are put to a higher standard. Stay safe.

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