Lawyers say bad Mo. cops left on street too long -

Lawyers say bad Mo. cops left on street too long

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two prominent criminal defense lawyers have complained that federal prosecutors left two corrupt city police officers on the street for too long after one was videotaped stealing money.

Federal prosecutors have said that in the 14 months after the FBI sting, Bobby Lee Garrett and Vince Carr, stole more money, dealt drugs, arrested an innocent man and lied on court documents and lab forms.

The officers eventually lost their jobs and have since pleaded guilty and been sentenced to federal prison.

Attorney Chet Pleban told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the video of Carr taking money that had been planted in an informer's car should have been conclusive enough for investigators to act immediately.

And the head of the St. Louis office of Missouri's public defender system, Mary Fox, agreed.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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