Two Memphis Ex-Cops Plead Guilty to Shaking Down Drug Dealers

MEMPHIS, TN - Two former Memphis police officers pleaded guilty to federal charges that they took money from drug dealers after threatening them with force or arrest.

Harold McCall and Trennis Swims entered guilty pleas in separate cases.

In his plea, McCall acknowledged working with other uniformed police officers on the shakedowns, which he said targeted drivers in older model cars with flashy, expensive wheels.

McCall faces up to ten years in prison for the felony civil rights violations when he is sentenced in August.

Swims pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts involving similar conduct, with each count carrying up to a year in prison.  He also is set to be sentenced in August.

Some two dozen police officers have been charged with corruption since 2004.

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