News Item: Accused cop might change his plea
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Sunday 04 June 2006 - 11:04:52

A police officer accused of helping to lead a group of rogue cops that conspired to rob drug dealers on the South Side is scheduled for a hearing next week in federal court to change his plea in the case, records show.

Corey Flagg, who has pleaded not guilty, is to appear before U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman on Wednesday for the hearing to change that plea, court records show. A superseding indictment filed against the officers Friday outlines their alleged crimes, but Flagg no longer appears among those charged.

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office declined to comment. Flagg remains charged under the previous indictment in the case. Flagg's attorney could not be reached Friday for comment.

Federal prosecutors have said the ring of officers, who worked together in the Englewood District's tactical unit, schemed to rob dealers of narcotics, weapons and cash in traffic stops.

Those still charged in the case are Officers Broderick Jones, Eural J. Black and Darek A. Haynes. A fifth officer, Erik Johnson, pleaded guilty to drug charges in September.

A number of drug dealers also have been indicted in the case and charged with helping the officers target their rivals.

Authorities have said the group of officers sometimes wore police stars and brandished weapons while stopping dealers and robbing them.

Johnson's plea arrangement calls for him to serve a 6-year prison term. Other officers in the case could face life in prison.

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