Two more Newark cops indicted in corruption scandal, one becomes fugitive
Two more Newark police officers have been indicted Friday on corruption and misconduct charges. The indictments come as part of an ongoing investigation targeting police corruption in Newark.
Eight-year veteran of the Newark Police Department, Lawrence "Hightower" Furlow, was in court facing several charges of corruption. Furlong, 43, was to be joined in court by 11-year veteran Darius "Red" Smith, but police are now searching for the officer and has declared him a fugitive.
Two other officers have been indicted for stealing money from drug dealers, making false arrests and planting evidence on innocent victims. Brandy Johnson, 28, was indicted earlier this week in connection with the corruption investigation. All four officers worked out of the West Precinct in Newark and have been under suspicion of corruption for three years, according to investigators.