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Chief declines to accept officer's resignation

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Interim Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief Julie Tolbert has rejected the resignation of an officer who was indicted in connection with making a false statement and violating his officer's oath.

City spokesman Bret Bell confirmed the police chief's decision with WTOC on Monday afternoon.

Malik Khaalis was placed on administrative leave in November was indicted last month on seven counts of making an official false statement and two counts of violation of oath by a public officer. He is currently serving overseas in the Air Force Reserve.

According to a CNT report, 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.

Also on Monday, SCMPD Metro Sgt. Eric Henderson placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of an internal affairs investigation.

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