Took thousands in bribes to warn business owners, feds say http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/feb/26/three-memphis-cops/ Lt. Timothy Green was in charge of a special police detail created to gather evidence on a Ridgeway area nightclub that was the subject of numerous public complaints. But instead of compiling proof of underage drinking, fighting and other incidents at the unidentified club, federal authorities say Green and officers Christopher Crawford and Michael Young took thousands of dollars in payoffs to warn club owners about undercover police activity. Green, a shift supervisor, assured the owner he would have "the right guys" at the club, on duty and in uniform. "We don't need nuisance," Green reportedly said. "We don't need no news." Some of the payoffs were recorded on FBI audio and video devices placed in the nightclub offices, while other information was gathered by FBI sources working inside the club. Green, 45, Crawford, 35, and Young, 36, were being held on $10,000 bond each, facing charges of bribery, extortion and conspiracy. A federal complaint said all three admitted Friday to taking payoffs to protect the club since last October. They join some 55 other law enforcement officers who have been named in corruption cases over the past six years, said a visibly angry Police Director Larry Godwin. "I was so mad when I saw this," Godwin said at an afternoon news conference in the federal building. "This is an embarrassment to Memphis' finest. I'm fed up with it. If you break the law, we will lock you up." Green accepted 11 payoffs totaling $8,000, Young accepted 27 payoffs totaling $2,650 and Crawford accepted 14 payoffs totaling $1,460, officials said. An investigation is ongoing and authorities would not name the nightclub, which is in the Ridgeway Station policing area of Southeast Memphis, where the officers were assigned. The complaint, however, references a stabbing at the nightclub on Jan. 16. Police reports indicate that a 21-year-old man was stabbed at 2:25 a.m. that day in a club in the 3600 block of Ridgeway. According to the complaint, Green also falsified police reports for money to protect the club. In Jan. 24, the complaint said, the club owner told Green he was concerned that a fight inside the club might cause problems for the business. "The best thing you got is me on that typewriter," Green allegedly told the owner. "If I can say it happened somewhere else, then it happened somewhere else." Green, whose brother and wife also are police officers, has been with the department since 1985. Crawford and Young have been police officers since 2003. When they make bond, they must wear electronic monitoring devices and will be on home confinement. The charges carry a total of up to 35 years in prison and fines. Crawford's ex-wife, nurse Taffi Crawford, was shot to death two weeks ago by an angry former boyfriend.