There are still very few details, but expect them to be interesting when they come from Kansas City, Kansas, where the FBI has detained several police officers and, at the behest of the police chief there, is investigating misconduct by officers in the department's high-profile SCORE unit.
It's unclear what the officers are accused of and when they might be formally charged, and it was unknown late Tuesday night whether they had spent the night in jail. If they did, the cops -- whose unit worked violent crimes in KCK's roughest neighborhoods -- would have required special attention by jail staff.
The news broke late yesterday, and the department successfully kept most of the details quiet. Only Fox 4 -- which identified the officers as part of the SCORE unit -- and KCTV5 offered viewers more than the bare-bones statement from KCK Police Chief Rick Armstrong.
KCTV5 explored the complications posed by having street detectives housed in jail alongside criminals they likely locked up.
Jail administrator Jeff Fewell said they would take special precautions if the officers were housed there.Stay tuned for more -- and more interesting -- details in the coming days and weeks.
a high-risk situation, so it would be a deputy on a cell-lockdown
situation," Fewell said. "You would have a deputy on each cell,
providing security. There'd be no movement, no communications, no
showers, no telephone. And, again, it's all about custody control,
safety and security."
Fewell said the officers would not be kept
at the jail for long because they will likely appear before the federal
magistrate and then go to the detention center in Lansing.