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Gangster in blue

The feds say a celebrated Atlanta cop doubled as a gang leader

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RD: No.

Internal affairs ruled: "Due to the fact that the responding officers did not contact a supervisor, Ms. Hayes' allegations cannot be sustained."

A person who lived in the neighborhood Freeman patrolled -- who asked not to be identified by name due to anxiety over Freeman's alleged proclivity for revenge beatings -- describes how fear of Freeman subsisted for so many years.

"We'd speak on it, but nobody listened to us because all our kids had records," the resident said. "There's no win-win thing in this here. You can talk about it, but you'll never be protected. He had the power and the will to do whatever he wants and nobody could do anything about it."

mara.shalhoup@creativeloafing.com

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