Two former Detroit police officers plead guilty to extortion

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Two former Detroit police officers have pleaded guilty in the shaking down of a gas station clerk who chased off troublemakers with a shotgun.

Twenty-four-year-old Brandon Allen and 23-year-old Aaron Scott pleaded guilty recently to extortion charges in U.S. District Court in Detroit. Both live in Southfield, and have resigned from the police department.

They could face up to 20 years in prison. Scott is to be sentenced June 30, and Allen's sentencing was set for Aug. 4.

The Justice Department says the officers went to the gas station Oct. 19 with guns drawn and handcuffed the clerk. They told him he could avoid going to jail if he paid them.

The in-store surveillance video shows the clerk handing money from the register to one of the officers.

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