RICHMOND (CBS/AP) — A Richmond police officer is out of a job after allegations that he armed adult Explorer scouts so they could work for his private security firm.

Deputy Chief Ed Medina said that Officer Danny Harris was fired Monday but Harris’ attorney said his client resigned under pressure.

A second officer, Ray Thomas, was fighting to keep his job and remains on paid leave. He’s denied wrongdoing.

Both men also are under investigation by the FBI.

The officers once ran the Police Department’s Explorer scout program. Two former scouts said they gave Harris $500 each and he bought them guns illegally, which they carried while working as housing project guards for the officers’ security business.

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Comments (9)
  1. CMV says:

    police are not VOID from the same laws they enforce. maybe he forgot.

  2. Amy says:

    Another one bites the dust!

  3. byebyedirtbag says:

    Nothing’s worse than a Bad Cop, a Bad Priest and a Bad President… Two down, one more to go….

  4. independent interprise says:

    dude chill ! you know how much the city can afford to pay it’s officers? they got to have a little some thing, some thing on the side! I mean if you stick to uniform and not narc! your pay is not as big!

  5. Scott says:

    why does it not strike me as surprising that independent interprise is an uneducated black man with a salary of less than $28k a year?

  6. damon says:

    independent “interprise” and ” uneducated black” in the same sentence…hmmm…Where is spell check when you need it?

  7. HooDatIS? says:


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