The arrested men were denied both justice and due process.
In a recent report by the Innocence Project, members of a specialized narcotics team operating in Alabama were accused of planting drugs and weapons on Black men to arrest then even when they were innocent.
The sinister scheme which is believed to have begun in 1996 had 12 officers working in the Dothan Police Department’s narcotics squad involved in the process. Not only did they purposely target and harass Black men, but even the superiors also curbed the investigation into these allegations.
According to the Innocence Project article, "the officers allegedly involved in the criminal misconduct belonged to a neo-Confederate organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has described as being 'hostile towards democracy' and exhibiting 'an understanding of race that favors segregation and suggests white supremacy.'"
The relevant documents were leaked by still active Dothan police officers, who wished to remain anonymous so that the matter could be investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.
In the Alabama 20th District, where Dothan is located, the report believes to have pointed to over 1,000 wrongful felony convictions due to being set up by this group of officers.