Former East Washington police chief to plead guilty to extortion

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The former East Washington police chief who investigators said described himself as "the best cop money can buy" is scheduled to plead guilty to extortion charges, according to an entry on the federal court docket today.

A change of plea hearing for Donald Abraham Solomon is set for Jan. 4 before U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

Mr. Solomon was 55 last year when he was charged and accused by the FBI of taking money to protect what he was told were drug deals. Mr. Solomon also was accused of selling Tasers to undercover agents who portrayed themselves as drug dealers, implying to them that a local councilman "gotta go," and urging a friend to intimidate a boyfriend of his former girlfriend, resulting in the drive-by shooting of a car.

He has been on house arrest while awaiting trial. Assistant Federal Public Defender Marketa Sims, who is representing him, declined comment.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 or Twitter @richelord. First Published December 18, 2012 12:15 AM


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