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An officer out in the cold

He was an honest cop in the Frank Serpico mold. Early in the spring of 1982, A'Roterick McLaughlin, a 15-year veteran of the Chicago police force, went undercover to nab officers who dealt drugs, sometimes peddling the stuff from their squad-car windows. He played the role of a neophyte dealer, wearing miniature microphones when he met with corrupt police. His work led to the conviction of ten policemen and the indictment of three others, none of whom have yet started serving any time in prison. It also made...

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