Ex-cop admits to taking part in robberies

April 19, 2011 3:56:38 PM PDT
A former Chicago police officer pleaded guilty to charges stemming from one of the worst misconduct scandals in the department's history.

Keith Herrera admitted taking part in three robberies. He and other officers with the defunct Special Operations Section are accused of stealing thousands of dollars from suspected drug dealers and other citizens during illegal home searches and traffic stops.

On Tuesday, Herrera pleaded guilty to civil rights and tax-related charges. He admitted he pocketed about $40,000 from the scheme. Herrera never reported the money on his federal tax returns

He'll be sentenced in July.