CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two Chicago police officers lied to judges to obtain search warrants, then stole cash and drugs from the properties they searched.
Sgt. Xavier Elizondo and Officer David Salgado have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges alleging they paid informants to lie to judges for search warrants. Elizondo is also accused of attempting to destroy evidence. Salgado is accused of lying to the FBI.READ MORE: LIVE UPDATES: Chicago Sky's WNBA Championship Parade And Rally
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Franzblau said in opening statements Tuesday that the two “betrayed their badges” and tried to hide their crimes when the FBI caught up to them.READ MORE: Magnificent Mile: More Trouble For Area That Was Once A Crown Jewel Of American Retail
Elizondo’s attorney, Michael Clancy, said there’s no evidence his client stole anything through searches conducted by his team. Salgado’s attorney, Michael Petro, questioned the credibility of prosecution witnesses.MORE NEWS: Gov. JB Pritzker Hopes To Lift Statewide Indoor Mask Mandate In Time For Holidays
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