Chicago cop accused of ripping off drug dealer wants his gun back
BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org June 19, 2012 2:01PM
A Chicago police sergeant accused of ripping off a drug dealer is asking a federal judge to let him have his gun back so he can go back on the department’s payroll.
Wentworth District tactical unit Sgt. Ronald Watts and tactical unit Officer Kallatt Mohammed were arrested in February in a joint FBI and police internal affairs operation. They’ve been stripped of their police powers and suspended without pay.
They’re accused of stealing $5,200 last Nov. 21 from a drug dealer who was actually working for the FBI.
On June 6, Watts asked U.S. District Judge Sharon Coleman to let him possess a handgun. One of the conditions of his release on bail is that he can’t carry a gun.
Watts needs his service weapon to continue to “perform his assigned duties as a police officer,” according to a court filing by a lawyer for Watts.
“It is CPD policy that any officer who is not allowed to possess a firearm cannot work and will be put on an unpaid status,” prosecutors said in a June 13 response to the court filing in which they urged the judge to deny Watts’ request. “In addition, CPD requires that an officer possess a valid [firearm owner’s identification] card. Thus, as a result of the condition of release that prevents Watts from possessing a firearm and because he turned over his FOID card to pretrial services, he has been placed on unpaid status by the Chicago Police Department.”
Prosecutors said they want Watts barred from having a gun in part to protect their informant, who “has expressed his fear of reprisal from Watts and Mohammed.”