1 Fired, 1 Suspended and 1 Demoted After Strip Club Investigatio

1 Fired, 1 Suspended and 1 Demoted After Strip Club Investigation

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Mobile Police dish out disciplinary action following an investigation into misconduct by officers on MPD’s vice unit.  Police say a complaint was filed against members of the vice unit on October 21st of last year.  A hearing was conducted yesterday.

Mobile Police say both Officers Brandon Cotton and Timothy Johnson went back to different strip clubs after compliance checks on August 13th.  Police say Cotton returned to the now closed Vixens night club.  Police say he received sexual favors in exchange for not arresting a dancer for an outstanding warrant and not turning in her compliance violations.  Cotton has been terminated from the force.

That same evening police say Officer Timothy Johnson returned to the Candy Store strip club on highway 90.  Police say people at the club talked him out of turning in compliance violations against the establishment.  Johnson has been disciplined with a six week unpaid suspension.

Mobile Police say they also demoted Lt. Ronald Brown to Sergeant for failing to supervise the officers in the vice unit.  Brown is no longer the head of the vice unit and has been replaced. 

The incidents come on the heels of series incidents against certain officers both from within the department and other agencies.  Last month, several officers stepped down and a precinct Captain Eddie Patrick was demoted following an investigation into claims some crimes were being misreported.  Also last month precinct Commander Carla Longmire was demoted for having a sexual relationship with Officer Bradley Latham. He was suspended.  Also last month, Mobile Police Homicide Detective Donald Pears was indicted on tax evasion and fraud charges.

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