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What was Chief Lovett's role in corruption investigation?

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

"Chief Lovett's performance in the Khaalis/Williams matter, whether by design or negligence, was inadequate and unprofessional."

That was the finding of a Virginia-based private investigation firm, MDB International, hired to look into an internal affairs investigation into Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police officers Malik Khaalis and Willet Williams.

Those investigators interviewed former police Chief Willie Lovett focusing on a memo recapping the investigation written by then-CNT Commander Roy Harris.

According to MDBI's report, Lovett told investigators that if he had seen the memo he would've, "handled things differently."

MBDI's investigators writing, "his attention was drawn to the fact that he had seen the memorandum," and that when asking why he never forwarded the memo to Internal Affairs, "Lovett had no explanation."

The investigators also pressed Lovett on why the narcotics officers who were looking into Williams and Khaalis were, on Lovett's orders, re-assigned from the narcotics team to police patrol after Lovett learned of the investigation.

"He denied that the transfers had anything to do with retaliation," investigators wrote.

In November 2010, Lovett cleared Williams and Khaalis of wrongdoing. That internal affairs file says the case was reviewed by the city attorney's office and that the city attorney found no evidence of illegal activity.

Investigators found that the city attorney's office never saw the file.

"Further, the City Attorney's Office represents Savannah in civil matters," investigators wrote, "and has nothing to do with potential criminal activities."

Lovett has not given any public comment since abruptly retiring Sept. 27, right after one of his officers accused him of sexual harassment.

Friday, Lovett's wife told WTOC that her husband has been advised by her attorney not to comment on the matter.

His attorney also did not give comment.

No criminal charges were brought against Khaalis or Williams.

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