Friday, June 6, 2014
Former Savannah/Chatham Metro Police Chief Willie Lovett — who stepped down in Sept. 2013 in the wake of a sexual harassment complaint — is in even bigger trouble with the news of a multiple-count federal indictment against him on several gambling and extortion counts.
Read the full indictment here.
Simply put and among other things, the indictment alleges that Lovett protected an ongoing illegal gambling ring in exchange for a cut of the profits.
The 40-year local police department veteran became chief in 2010 after the departure of former chief Michael Berkow. Though initially well-received, Lovett's tenure became increasingly tense as internal conflict in the local law enforcement community increased, resulting in a raft of lawsuits against the City.