More allegations against Winnsboro Police Department
WINNSBORO, TX (KLTV) -
A federal investigation into the Winnsboro Police Department centers on allegations that two officers planted drugs on people, then arrested them on drug charges.
As court documents show, this is not the first time the department has come under fire.
There's been lawsuit after lawsuit filed in federal court against Winnsboro police officers. The four civil suits date back to 2008.
Although the suits have been dismissed, each of the documents have similar complaints, alleging that Winnsboro officers falsified reports. Phone calls made to the attorneys listed in the suits to question the dismissals were not immediately returned.
Krystal King claims a Winnsboro police officer charged her husband with child endangerment out of retaliation for not aiding police. King admits her husband, who's serving in a Louisiana prison for a drug conviction, was friends with known drug users and dealers. She says when he refused to be a police informant, officers got angry.
"They made him come and do a strip search there in the jail, to make sure he didn't have a recorder, and if he didn't report they were going to arrest him again for child endangerment charge and he went to jail twice for child endangerment," said King.
"They kept dangling a charge of child endangerment over my daughter and son-in-law if they didn't do what they wanted them to do," said Mark Goss, King's father.
Goss says his son-in-law was driving his car during the incident in question. He says police impounded his car, so he went to the department to ask a few questions.
Goss says an officer told him if he didn't leave the police station, he would be arrested. He says he was taken back by the officer's response.
"This is a public place and I'm paying your salary. I'm just trying to get information on my vehicle and where it's at," said Goss.
Without police help, Goss says he eventually tracked down his car at a tow shop.
"I would like the city of Winnsboro to operate knowing that they are not higher and above the law," said Goss. "They answer to the people; the people are the ones that pay their salaries."
Now, they're answering to the FBI, as a criminal investigation into two police officers who are still on duty continues.
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