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Former SCMPD Sgt Robert Von Loewenfeldt filed a complaint against the city and police Thursday Former SCMPD Sgt Robert Von Loewenfeldt filed a complaint against the city and police Thursday
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10 complaints in just 3 months.

Former and current officers have seemingly come out of the woodwork to tell their side of the story, and why their rights were violated while on the force.

"I don't want to call these individuals corrupt, but they were excessively tolerant of corruption," said William Clairborne, Gerbino and Von Loewenfeldt's Attorney.

The individuals William Claiborne is talking about are former city and county leaders.

"Former City Manager Michael Brown, former City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney, and Former County manager Russ Abolt each knew about substantial allegations of corruption within the police department."

Those allegations were made by former Savannah Major Mark Gerbino.  in the complaint, he says former Police Chief Willie Lovett was involved in various illegal activities,

Those include gambling, obstruction of gambling, narcotics and domestic violence investigations, and manipulation of crime statistics.

Gerbino also points the finger at Malik Khaalis and Willet Williams, both of whom were recently fired or resigned after an independent investigation.  those same two officers were also mentioned in a complaint by Sgt. Robert Von Loewenfeldt.

Von Loewenfeldt, the former head of the Savannah bomb squad, also claims Sgt. Eric Henderson sold illegal narcotics and harbored a federal fugitive.  

It's all part of what these men call a "culture of corruption" in the department under the former Chief.

"If you were a law enforcement officer who is interested in seeing the rule of law upheld," explains Claiborne. "You could either put aside those motives and actions to some within the department, or you could find employment somewhere else. Unfortunately a large number of highly qualified officers were forced from the department."

Von Loewenfeldt resigned from the department in 2012 -- and is currently working for law enforcement in the Carolinas.
 
Gerbino left in 2011 to become the chief of police in Americus, Georgia.

His job there lasted less than 2 years He resigned in May of 2013 after allegations surfaced that he used offensive language to describe female employees.

Gerbino is currently the Chief of Police at Savannah Tech.

Independent investigators are looking into former Chief Willie Lovett and all the allegations against the department.

News 3 has learned that because of the additional complaints filed, investigation may take a few more weeks.

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Ten.

That's the number of complaints filed against the city of Savannah and it's police department by current and former officers in growing.

News 3 just obtained the latest two Thursday, one was filed by former Sergeant Robert Von Loewenfeldt.

Once head of the Savannah Bomb Squad, Von Loewenfeldt claims several officers sold illegal narcotics while on the force, or hid the fact that illegal drug activity was happening in the department.

The other complaint, by current Savannah Tech Chief of Police and former SCMPD Major Mark Gerbino, says Former Savannah Chief Willie Lovett obstructed investigations, dismissed complaints, and manipulated crime statistics.

"As we indicated in these letters today, former City Manager Michael Brown, former City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney and Former County manager Russ Abolt each knew about substantial allegations of corruption within the police department," explained William Claiborne, VonLoewenfeldt's and Gerbino's attorney. "The fact that action wasn't taken sooner is really unfortunate."

The number of complaints filed against the department since October is now 10.

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