In a true-life storyline that seems straight out of an episode of The Wire, a New York Times article tells the story of Alex White, a professional snitch for the Atlanta Police Department.
In 2006, Atlanta police kicked down a door of a suspected drug dealer who began to shoot as they entered. Police returned fire, shooting the suspect dead. Several officers were hit though none life-threatening. There was a big problem though…the dead drug dealer was actually a 92-year-old woman with no drugs on her. While she did have a gun for protection, the bullets that hit the officers were actually from other police. The intel they received was from a street dealer they had pressed for leads and he pointed out a random home.
The cops did what any other dirty cops would have done; called their #1 snitch, Alex White, to pick up some crack to plant on her. Dave Chappelle has a standup skit about sprinkling crack on a dead people to make it an open-and-shut case. You would have never thought how close to the truth this could be.
Balancing the prospect of the police eventually pinning the whole fiasco on him if he complied or putting his life in danger if he turned, he chose the latter, eventually involving the ATF and FBI to protect him.
Check out the whole story at NYTimes.com.
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