Ex-Chicago Cop Pleads Guilty To Aiding Latin Kings Gang

HAMMOND, Ind. (CBS) — A former Chicago Police Officer has admitted that he helped a street gang steal drugs, cash and weapons, prosecutors announced on Friday

Antonio C. Martinez, Jr., 40, pleaded guilty to all counts and will testify against others in the case.

Martinez admitted in court that he committed a series of robberies under the guise of legitimate police investigations, while wearing his Chicago Police Department badge and department-issued weapon, U.S. Attorney David Capp announced.

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Those crimes included several armed burglaries and theft of drugs in Rockford, Chicago and East Chicago, Ind.

The crimes also include the armed robbery of a woman at her Hammond home during which two guns were stolen; and the armed robbery at the home of James Walsh, late leader of the Latin Dragon gang in Hammond, the release said.

Martinez admitted he committed all of these robberies at the direction of the Latin Kings.

Martinez’s former partner, 41-year-old Alex Guerrero, is scheduled for a jury trial along with seven other defendants on March 19, 2012.

  • Linda

    Life in prison, no plea deals for crooked cops. Crooked cops are lower than child molesters and thats as low as you can go. Cops take an oath to serve and protect, when that oath is violated they become the worst kind of criminal.

  • Gabe

    One down, a thousand or so to go. Where’s your brothers in blue now sucker? Where’s the fraternal order at now? Chicago’s finest at work. It’s a shame his whole family wears the badge too. Just makes ya wonder. The worst is some how at the end of the day he will be allowed to keep his pension, benefits, etc. etc. Yeah there’s ton’s of good officers, but there are ton’s that are not !

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