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No jail time for cop who slipped information to gang-member pal

A former Boston cop got a year's probation and a $2,000 fine after admitting he lied to FBI agents investigating whether he had given information about an ongoing investigation of the the Academy Homes Street gang in Roxbury to a member of the gang.

Mel Steele, 36, was a member of the BPD's Youth Violence Task Force - its gang unit - who was also a longtime friend of a member of the gang. The US Attorney's office in Boston says:

During the course of joint FBI-BPD investigation of the AHSG from 2009 to 2011, Steele provided assistance to the AHSG associate. On one occasion, Steele allegedly used his BPD computer to run a license plate check on a vehicle which was later determined to be an unmarked BPD vehicle operated by a detective who was conducting surveillance on the AHSG. On another occasion Steele contacted a Massachusetts State Trooper to glean information about a gang member’s pending charges on another criminal case. In May 2011, Steele made false statements about these matters when confronted by FBI agents.

Steele pleaded guilty in November.

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Great job undermining the public trust of police. Why risk providing tips if the department is going to sell you out the gangs.

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Is he ever going to be allowed any kind of law enforcement job again?

Seems like not only is public confidence at stake, but would you want to be on a force with a guy who'd sell you out to criminals?

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Assuming there are no rogue cops on the force. Nah, there can't be...

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With a sentence like this one?

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He does security now what a joke. https://melsteeleboston.wordpress.com/

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How does this happen?!? Im sure I've seen a movie with this plot before, only the crooked cops end up getting busted (and punished) some how. Just ridiculous.

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Bring back US Attorney Michael Sullivan. We need real justice and send a message that the public will not tolerate corruption.

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