Three officers indicted on civil rights violations

United States Attorney David Kustoff announced Wednesday that three former Memphis Police officers have been indicted on civil rights violations and drug conspiracy charges.

The officers, Arthur Sease, Antoine Owens and Alexander Johnson, are accused of knowing where and when known drug dealers would be making a sale, pulling drug dealers over on the way to a sale, and stealing their drugs and money.  Kustoff said that the alleged offenses happened while the officers were on duty, driving in marked Memphis Police cars.

Owens, 36, and Johnson, 26, have been charged on two conspiracy counts, and were released on $50,000 bond.

Sease is named in 50 counts.  If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.