1 fired; 4 suspended in botched drug sting

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - An investigator has been fired and four
other Tallahassee police officers were suspended without pay for two weeks for their roles in a botched drug sting that led to the death of a young informant.

Tallahassee Police Chief Dennis Jones also said Thursday that Deputy Chief John Proctor received a formal reprimand and the four suspended officers will be reassigned upon their return to work.

Jones noted violations of department policy involving drug buy-and-bust policies as well as the use of cash in such operations.

A grand jury found police undercover operations negligent in the death of 23-year-old Rachel Hoffman, who was killed in the aborted sting in May. Two people were indicted on first-degree murder charges.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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