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Highly Decorated Officers Make New Allegations Against SCMPD

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Mike Delatorre - Courtesy SCMPD Mike Delatorre - Courtesy SCMPD
Pete Delatorre - courtesy SCMPD Pete Delatorre - courtesy SCMPD
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The accusations against the Savannah-Chatham police department continue to grow.

This time a pair of brothers are saying the department has a culture of corruption..

Highly decorated officers, with a series of awards and accolades, both former officers of the year.

Then why weren't they promoted, and why are they afraid for their lives?

Those are the questions two brothers had, and think they have the answer..

Pete and Mike Delatorre are each now former Savannah-Chatham Metro Police officers.

Now they are both threatening to sue the city, claiming corruption, defamation, and conspiracy.

This all stems from the investigation of Malik Khaalis and Willet Williams.

Both Khaalis and Williams are now on administrative leave in connection with a drug investigation back in 2008-2009.

Pete Delatorre wrote a detailed report on what he believed was criminal activity by both officers, a report he says was ignored by command staff, and kept both men from being promoted.

"At a minimum the former chief was excessively tolerant of corruption," said the Delatorre's lawyer William Claiborne. "And at a maximum actually aided and abetted that corruption and these corrupt individuals. And unfortunately when our clients reported that corruption they were run out of the department."

"These are exactly the type of people who need to be rising up the ranks and be promoted," followed up Claiborne. "Unfortunately the individuals they were investigating to be corrupt are ones being promoted while my clients were being transferred and seeing their career hit dead end after dead end."

The delatorre's are no longer working for the SCMPD. Claiborne says they left in part because they feared for their lives, afraid of being attacked by criminals, and officers within their own department.

They are the 6th and 7th current or former officers to file Ante Litem notices against the department, and more are expected to come, some as soon as next week.

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