Ex-police chief to plead guilty to extortion charges

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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 Tuesday.

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

Mr. Solomon, 56, was accused by the FBI of taking money to protect what he was told were drug deals. Mr. Solomon was also 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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