Former Huntsville officer of the year arrested
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Birmingham Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed Monday they have arrested a Huntsville police officer.
FBI spokesperson Paul Daymond said Officer Lewis Hall was arrested Monday on a bribery charge. His first court appearance was also on Monday.
The government did not oppose bond, and Hall was released on an unsecured bond of $10,000. His mugshot was not made available.
According to court documents, the violations happened between July 29 and Dec. 8. Hall was charged with bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.
A Huntsville police sergeant we spoke to Tuesday could not say much about the case, but did say he believed the offense is a generic charge. He said he couldn't imagine how there would be federal funds per se, since Hall is a regular patrol officer.
The sergeant couldn't say how much federal funding the department gets each year, but said it's very little, and is all done through computers.
Huntsville Police Department officials said they are aware of the arrest and confirmed the investigation is being handled by the FBI. They said Hall, a patrol officer, is on administrative leave.
Legal analyst Mark McDaniel said the prosecution will have to prove that a person offered Hall something of value in exchange for something else.
The affidavit for the case has been sealed. McDaniel said that because of the nature of bribery cases and the sealed affidavit, Hall will either face additional charges, or another person will be charged in connection with the case.
"Any kind of bribery or extortion case requires two or more people," McDaniel explained. "One making an offer to the public official or the public official demanding something from someone, so it necessarily involves other people."
According to HPD, Hall was named the north precinct's officer of the year in 2011. He is a 21-year veteran of the department.
Lewis Hall did not respond to our request for comment.
He is due in a Huntsville federal court Dec. 22 for a preliminary hearing.
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