Best Cop Money Could Buy


July 2, 2013

Best Cop Money Could Buy

A former police chief is caught on tape referring to himself as the “best cop money could buy.”


Audio Transcript

Mollie Halpern: The FBI closes the case of a former police chief who was caught on tape referring to himself as the “best cop money could buy.”

Bradley Orsini: The chief was predisposed to criminal activity before we actually even opened up our public corruption investigation.

Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau, and this is Gotcha, the FBI’s closed case of the week. On two separate occasions, former chief Donald Solomon provided protection for a drug dealer who was actually an undercover FBI agent. Supervisory Special Agent Bradley Orsini of the FBI Pittsburgh Division says Solomon also provided weapons…

Orsini: Chief Solomon also bought two Tasers, which are law enforcement-specific, and turned them over to the undercover agent.

Halpern: In return for betraying his badge, the supposed drug dealer paid Solomon. They spoke of doing more jobs in the future.

Orsini: It’s a sad day for law enforcement as a whole that a chief of police would sell his badge for $8,800.

Halpern: Solomon was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for extortion.

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