The second-highest ranking officer in one of the largest police departments in California went to federal prison last year, convicted of conspiring to deal heroin and marijuana. It’s one of the biggest police corruption scandals in modern state history and you probably didn’t hear about it if you live outside the Central Valley.
And it wasn’t an isolated incident. More than a dozen Fresno police officers have been arrested in recent years. All of this occurred under the command of one of the longest-serving and most powerful law enforcement figures in the state, Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
Robert Lewis, the lead reporter for the IRP’s California Corruption Project with KQED, reports on the story in a special episode of the California Report Magazine. You also can listen to a podcast version. The story is a production of Investigative Studios, the IRP’s production arm.