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: New Executive Order Gives More Access To Victims In Alleged Police Misconduct Cases In Chicago
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: Three Teens Under 16 Arrested After Carjacking, Police Pursuit From Chicago To Indiana
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: Chicago Weather: Warm Stretch Begins With Temperatures In The 50s
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