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Antioch and Pittsburg Police Officers in Custody After FBI Raids

by CC News
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On Thursday the FBI conducted a series of raids in Contra Costa County which resulted in both Antioch and Pittbsurg Police officers being taken into custody.

According to several residents in the area, they reached out early Thursday regarding flash bangs and FBI activity – it turns out what they witnessed were multiple police officers being taken into custody.

Multiple sources have confirmed approximately a combined 10-12 police officers from both the Antioch Police Department and Pittsburg Police Department are in custody.

Its unclear if the arrest are related the police officer text message scandal, crimes of moral turpitude, education incentive pay scam, or steroids—it is anticipated the details of the indictment will be released later Thursday.

A press conference was announced by US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California which is scheduled for 3:30 pm. No details on this morning’s activity have been released as of 10:00 am.

The Antioch Police Officers Association said they would be releasing a statement later Thursday.

Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe offered the following statement:

“Today is a dark day in our city’s history, as people trusted to uphold the law, allegedly breached that trust and were arrested by the FBI.

As our city absorbs this tragic news, we must come together as one. Today’s actions are the beginning of the end of a long and arduous process. To those that have accused me and others of being anti-police for seeking to reform the Antioch Police Department, today’s arrests are demonstrative of the issues that have plagued the Antioch Police Department for decades.

Seeking to reform the Antioch Police Department is not anti-police, it is pro our residents, and pro officers that have served and continue to serve with honor.” — Office of the Mayor

Back in April, Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton announced for over a year (more than 18-months ago), the FBI and the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office have engaged in a joint federal and state criminal investigation of sworn law enforcement officers from the Antioch Police Department and Pittsburg Police Department. The broad range of offenses under investigation involve crimes of moral turpitude.

Also in April, Representatives John Garamendi (CA-08) and Mark DeSaulnier (CA-10)  sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting the U.S. Department of Justice investigate the Antioch Police Department (APD) in Antioch, California following extremely troubling reports of racist, homophobic, and illegal conduct by law enforcement officers, demonstrating a pattern of unconstitutional discrimination, use of force, and violations of the constitutional rights of Antioch citizens.

After text messages were publicly released, this prompted California Attorney General Ron Bonta in May to initiate a civil rights investigation into the Antioch Police Department. The investigation will seek to determine whether the law enforcement agency has engaged in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional policing amid deeply concerning allegations relating to bigoted text messages and other potentially discriminatory misconduct. If, through this investigation, the Attorney General’s Office determines that unlawful activity or practices took place, the office will also determine what potential actions are needed to ensure comprehensive corrective action takes place at APD.


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Bonnie Jean August 17, 2023 - 1:15 pm

How many of the Antioch officers were laterals hired from other cities? That is important information.

All are corrupt August 17, 2023 - 1:53 pm

Political showboating by the corrupt FBI and DABecton. And Thorpe needs to shut up! Hes a clown!

Larry wallace August 17, 2023 - 2:23 pm

The lead investigator from the corrupt DAs office larry wallace is as corrupt as they come. He was Kamla Harris chief of security when he was found guilty of multiple counts of sexual misconduct and they paid out a fortune to victims.
That tells me all I need to know about his investigation.

WPR August 17, 2023 - 3:16 pm

After mayor plays the victim one more time how about getting Police back on the streets of Antioch?
Criminals are routinely using Antioch streets to stage dangerous exhibitions and using downtown as their private shooting range. Given all monies spent by staff and council can only hope there is enough left for more Police.

Street Sweeper August 17, 2023 - 4:29 pm

Thorpe grandstanding! LOL!!

Prosecute bad cops and bad Mayors! If you think Antioch is safer today then yesterday with these arrests, then you are fooling yourself.

HKT August 17, 2023 - 4:33 pm

Flash bangs? Why the theatrics? Had you called ahead they probably would have put on a fresh pot of coffee and offered up some donuts.

TwoCents August 17, 2023 - 8:57 pm

The flash bangs just proves how desperate liberals are for votes, like their tough on crime. Use this same energy for all these thugs committing rampant crime throughout the Bay Area. I don’t think any of this sworn police officers would resist being arrested.

What About Out of Control Crime? August 18, 2023 - 2:53 am

I would love to see Thorpe step to the mic and talk about what solutions he’s going to implement to address all the crime taking place in our city. Focusing solely on the bad apples in the PD does nothing to address public safety concerns.

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