Ex-Newark cop gets probation in shakedown - My9 New Jersey

Ex-Newark cop gets probation in shakedown

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A judge has sentenced for former Newark police officer to three years' probation for conspiring with other officers to shake down suspects.

Darius Smith must pay a $5,000 fine and will be permanently barred from public employment in the state.

The 41-year-old had been a Newark police officer since 1993.

Jurors in May found that Smith stole money, drugs and weapons from suspects while on duty.

However, the jury found the benefit he obtained was under $200, making the official misconduct charge a third-degree offense and the theft charge a disorderly persons offense.

Such offenses usually don't result in prison sentences.

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