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Update: Tucker Policemen Charged With Corruption

Two police officers in the case are part of the Tucker Precinct.

Updated Sunday, Feb. 17, 7:05 p.m.

Two DeKalb County Police Officers based at the Tucker Precinct are among 10 metro Atlanta law enforcement officers arrested by Federal Agents on Feb. 12 for protecting drug dealers during a drug trafficking sting, according to an official statement released Wednesday.

Officers Dennis Duren and Dorian Williams, both assigned to the Uniform Division at the Tucker Precinct, have been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending investigation results.  

Duren has been employed by the Department since Dec. 9, 2002 and Williams since Dec. 31, 2007.

“It is incomprehensible why these officers chose to aid and abet these criminals when they are sworn to protect our community from such offenders. These officers do not reflect the character of the hundreds of DeKalb County police officers that wear the badge. Their alleged actions only assist in eroding the public’s trust in those that honorably serve and that is truly disheartening,” said Interim Police Chief Lisa Gassner.

Original article:

A Tucker man has been charged in a corruption case involving law enforcement personnel from agencies throughout metro Atlanta, according to United States Attorney Sally Yates.

Jerry Mannery, 38, was arrested as part of a sting operation against officers who are alleged to have taken thousands of dollars in payouts. They have been charged with crimes including assisting with drug trafficking, receiving illegal payouts and using firearms during the commission of a crime.

The U.S. Attorney's office stated:

Between January and February 2013, DeKalb County Police Officer Dorian Williams, working together with Mannery (and Shannon Bass, 38, of Atlanta) provided protection for what he and Mannery believed were three separate transactions in the Atlanta area that involved multiple kilograms of cocaine.

Williams and Mannery accepted cash payments totaling $18,000 for these services. During the transactions, Williams was dressed in his DeKalb County Police uniform and carried a gun in a holster on his belt, and he patrolled the parking lots in which the undercover sales took place in his DeKalb Police vehicle.

During a meeting between the three transactions, Williams allegedly instructed Bass to remove any cocaine from the scene if Williams had to shoot someone during the upcoming sale. In another meeting, Williams suggested that future drug transactions should take place in the parking lot of a local high school during the afternoon, so that the exchange of backpacks containing drugs and money would not look suspicious.

Williams and Mannery are each charged with conspiring to commit extortion by accepting bribe payments and attempted possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. 

An earlier version of this article identified Jerry Manners as a police officer. That is not the case and Patch regrets the error.

Stephanie Train February 13, 2013 at 05:56 PM
No surprise whatsoever. I had two Tucker officers take a bribe from a drunk illegal who ran his car into my porch several years ago. It was blatent and unbelievable. Where there is smoke you will find fire, and I guarantee this is the tip of a very ugly iceberg.
Guy Midvale February 13, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Not surprised. I have the same story as Stephanie. 15 years ago a drunk totaled his SUV on a tree in my front yard spilling empty beer cans and pornography everywhere. I literally watched him put cash in the officer's hand. No charges were ever filed and he fought paying for the damage to my tree (had to be removed) and yard. I called the precinct to get the police report for my insurance carrier and complained about the pay-off. I was told if I didn't video it, it never happened. When I went in to pick up the report I spoke to the person in charge and was told to mind my own business. You can imagine how I feel about the Dekalb County Police Department.
Connie James February 14, 2013 at 02:02 PM
It just goes to show. Who can you trust? Certainly not the police. Corrections, some police. I know this Dorian Williams character. He had the nerve to be sleeping with an acquaintance of mine, while his girlfriend was 6 months pregnant with his child. This acquaintance of mine was stupid enough to let his a$$ sleep with her, while her 5 children all under the age 0f 14 looked on. News flash, what goes around comes around. Let me see who zooms you in prison. That is where your A$$ and all the others belong. Crooked S.O.B.

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