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Former Metro major: Lovett involved in gambling, obstruction


It's been a little more than three months since Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief Willie Lovett abruptly retired.

In that time, 10 current or former metro officers have sent letters to the city saying they intend to sue.

Their claims range from sexual harassment to drug sales to retaliation for reporting corruption.

All are being represented by Savannah attorney Will Claiborne.

On Thursday, Claiborne sent a letter on behalf of former Metro Maj. Mark Gerbino, now Savannah Technical College's chief of police.

The letter accuses Lovett of manipulating crime statistics, of gambling, of obstructing gambling and narcotics investigations, of obstructing domestic violence investigations and of ordering internal affairs to dismiss legitimate cases.

Lovett's attorney declined comment on the letter.

Lovett has not spoken publicly since he retired Sept. 27 after an officer accused him of sexual harassment.

Also Thursday, a former Metro bomb squad officer sent a letter to the city claiming a Metro sergeant, who still works for the department, is involved in drug sales and has helped harbor a federal fugitive.

This comes after Star Cpl. Willet Williams was fired in December on suspicion of drug activity. Sgt. Malik Khaalis has been suspended without pay on the same suspicion.

No criminal charges have been filed against any of these officers, and no lawsuits have been filed.

Claiborne says he's giving the city a chance to respond to his letters before filing.

"We think that anybody who takes a clear-eyed look at what was going on in the police department and the harm that our clients sustained would want to resolve these matters," Claiborne said.

"But obviously, if the city would not do that then we would have no choice but to file litigation."

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