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JACKSON, Miss. (AP)—Men who had sworn an oath to protect and serve were huddled on the back porch of a Mississippi home as Michael Corey Jenkins (shown below) lay on the floor, blood gushing from his mutilated tongue where one of the police officers shoved a gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger.
As Jenkins writhed in pain, the six white officers devised a scheme to cover up dozens of stunning acts of brutality that they had just carried out during 90 minutes of terror against Jenkins and a second Black victim.
The officers planted drugs. They stole surveillance footage from the house. They tried to dispose of other evidence. They agreed on a set of lies that would further upend their victims’ lives.
And that was just the cover-up.
Careful to avoid security cameras at the house, they burst in without a warrant, starting the physical, sexual, and psychological abuse. They handcuffed Jenkins and his friend Eddie Terrell Parker and poured milk, alcohol, and chocolate syrup over their faces. They forced them to strip naked and shower together to conceal the mess. They mocked the victims with racial slurs. They shocked them with stun guns.
The officers had meant to torture the men without leaving physical scars. But one of them shot Jenkins in the mouth. Miraculously, Jenkins survived.
The six guilty racist vigilante cops are: Rankin County deputies Brett McAlpin, Christian Dedmon, Richland police officer Joshua Hartfield, Rankin County deputies Jeffrey Middleton and Daniel Opdyke.
The six officers pleaded guilty last Thursday to a long list of federal civil rights charges. The Mississippi attorney general’s office announced…