December 21, 1996 in Nation/World

Officers Charged With Shakedown Plot

Compiled From Wire Services

Seven Chicago police officers were arrested Friday on federal charges of plotting to shake down and rob drug pushers who actually were undercover investigators running a sting operation.

The indictments are the most serious charges of police corruption in years in a city once notorious for graft.

Officials said the investigation, code named Broken Star, is continuing. Police Superintendent Matt Rodriguez said the next step is determining whether high-ranking police knew about the shakedowns and robberies.

The defendants all pleaded innocent Friday afternoon. They were ordered held over the weekend until another hearing Monday.

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