Things Just Got Worse in the Johnston Case
In my earlier post I noted how bad the Johnston case was, now it just took a turn for the worse.
It was Fabian Sheats’ third felony drug arrest in four months. But on the afternoon of Nov. 21, according to a police report, he was looking to curry favor, so he told officers they could find a kilogram of cocaine in a house at 933 Neal Street N.W.
That encounter led police to the home of Kathryn Johnston, an elderly woman who lived alone behind burglar bars and kept a rusty revolver. When officers burst into the house just three hours after talking to Sheats, a shootout ensued that left the woman dead and three officers wounded. No cocaine was found.
Sheats’ arrest report, made public Thursday, sheds new light on why officers targeted Johnston’s home.
Police say they used Sheats’ tip to direct a confidential informant to the Neal Street house, where he made a drug buy, leading them to conduct the raid. A man named Alexis White later came forward to say he is a longtime informant and police asked him to lie after the shootings and say he bought drugs at the address. Police will not say who the informant was.
So, the basis for the raid was the word of this Fabian Sheats who clearly was trying to curry favor with the cops in the hopes of getting some leniency. Further, that there is another confidential informant and that White was called after the shooting to help the police cover their butts.
So lets recap:
- We know the police lied not once, but twice so far. They lied about an undercover police officer making the drug buy, and about the security cameras.
- We know that no cocaine was found at the house.
- We know that one of the police officers initiated a false police investigation to cover his butt in an auto-accident where he was at fault.
- We also know that the police conducted another raid the year before on the house next door to Johnston’s and found nothing their either.
Also, it looks like the cops were not above intimidating White, the informant they wanted to lie for them,
A tape of a 911 call released Thursday added a strange twist to the ever-changing tragedy.
On the tape, an insistent and anxious-sounding man identifying himself as White told an operator, “I have two cops chasing me. They’re on the dirty side, two undercover officers.”
On the 911 tape police released Thursday, White said he was waiting for agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to pick him up on Nov. 22 when he was approached by Atlanta police. He got into the car with them, he told the operator, but jumped out when he talked to federal agents by cellphone and they told him not to get into the squad car.
“They came and picked me up they asked me about that killing yesterday,” White told the operator. “But, ah, they tryin’ to play it off. So ATF told me ‘Don’t get in the car with them.’ By that time then, I was already in the car with ’em.”
The operator sounded incredulous. “OK, so you’re calling the police to say the police are chasing you?” she asked.
“Listen to me,” the frustrated White responded. “I don’t know who’s on whose side; they’re playing dirty,” he said. “There’s a lot of stuff going on.”
At this point, I’m also highly suspicious of the marijuana found at the house. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn that it was planted by the cops. After all, they are liars and one of them has used his police powers to protect himself.
With cops like this who needs criminals?