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Former metro police officer indicted

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A SCMPD officer who was placed on administrative leave in November has been indicted on seven counts of making an official false statement and two counts of violation of oath by a public officer.

According to a CNT report, Malik Khaalis was suspected of acting as a mole in the CNT investigation of Star Cpl. Willet Williams and his brother. Williams was being investigated for providing a police escort for his brother's drug deals.

Agents suspected Khaalis of leaking information to the Williams brothers. In the report, Khaalis' phone records showed he called Willet Williams eight times while on a stake out of Williams' brother.

The investigation by the SCMPD's Internal Affairs unit disputed those call records, finding, "the investigation conducted into the allegations made by the CNT and the FBI failed to prove any SCMPD violations". 

According to the narcotics team report, Khaalis failed an FBI polygraph test when asked whether he'd violated his oath of office and whether he'd tipped off the Williams brothers about the investigation.

Khaalis' attorney said he's innocent of any crime and that the only thing he may be guilty of is violating police procedure.

"He has an attorney, and it's going to move forward, and will go to trial. So you won't settle? There's no settling this," said Khaalis' attorney Nathanel Wright.

The district attorney and her special prosecutor looking into these cases of alleged corruption said the evidence they presented the Chatham County grand jury was clear. The grand jury decided that it's clear enough for this criminal case to move forward.

"We will treat this like any other case. If you commit a crime in this city, if you're a law enforcement officer or John Doe on the street, you are going to be held accountable. And I think that's what everybody in this city wants. They want to have faith in their law enforcement officers and they want to know that everybody is treated fairly," said Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap.

Right now Khaalis is serving overseas in the Air Force Reserve. He gave a statement to the grand jury on Wednesday via Skype.

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