A cop in Raleigh, North Carolina has been dismissed for allegedly framing a group of 15 Black males by placing heroin on them before arresting them.
Officer Omar Abdullah was fired from the Raleigh Police Department on Oct. 28, according to ABC 11. The Black men’s attorneys claim that their clients were wrongly arrested for heroin trafficking. “I believe for advocates, we’ve always desired this,” Kimberly Muktarian, a police reform advocate, told the site. “This is exactly what we had hoped for. So I still believe that — this is not a reality that people are familiar with.”
Last year, Abdullah allegedly paid a confidential informant to provide officers with information on Raleigh heroin dealers. Instead, according to the district attorney, the suspect offered them audio recordings and films of narcotics purchases that were missing key parts. The material was eventually discovered to be non-drugs in a lab.
Abdullah allegedly planted the phony heroin, and other cops were aware of his misdeeds. Last year, the department put him on leave, and Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman opted not to prosecute him.
Marcus Van Irvin, Robin Mills’ son, was arrested by Abdullah for counterfeit heroin and was initially held in jail on a $450,000 bond. She is dissatisfied that more cops have not been held guilty for her son’s death.
“From a civil standpoint, they did what they needed to do.” “But now we’re getting into criminal territory,” Mills explained. “And the kidnapping of nearly a dozen Black guys is unquestionably unlawful.”
As part of a federal civil rights case, the group of Black men negotiated a $2 million settlement with the City of Raleigh in September. “The City of Raleigh’s recognition of the misery and suffering caused by these unlawful arrests and incarcerations,” said Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, the law firm that represented 12 of the men.