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BRADENTON -- A defense attorney is fighting for a new trial in a drug case here, saying the credibility of the state's key witness is in doubt amid a police misconduct investigation that cost the officer and two others on the force their jobs.

The misconduct charges, which have roiled the Bradenton Police Department, are spilling into the criminal justice arena as defense attorneys examine old cases involving the officers and look for possible deals on pending charges.

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Police face theft and weapons

THREE Melbourne policemen have been charged with stealing power tools, a television and DVDs after investigators secretly tempted them to steal in the course of their work.

Detective senior constables Kenneth Ian Taylor, Mark Herbert Ziemann and Ross Andrew Colley were charged yesterday with offences including theft, handling stolen goods and possessing prohibited weapons.

The charges flowed from a probe by the Office of Police Integrity and the Victoria Police Ethical Standards Department.

The Age reported this month that the investigation had uncovered a culture of criminality, heavy drinking, guns and pornography at Springvale police station, in Melbourne's south-east.

Documents tendered to Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday allege that Taylor and Ziemann stole a portable television and DVD movies belonging to the Office of Police Integrity, on October 12 last year.

The property was secretly placed in front of the policemen by OPI officers who were carrying out "integrity testing", which is designed to test police officers in real policing environments.

The court documents also allege Taylor stole two multi-tools and that Ziemann stole an Adidas backpack and a portable floodlight. All belonged to the OPI. Ziemann was also allegedly found to be in possession of a DVD player/recorder that was "reasonably suspected of being stolen".

Colley has been charged with stealing a portable light belonging to the OPI and five mobile phones belonging to other people. He was also allegedly found in possession of prohibited weapons last November 23.

Magistrate Carmen Randazzo ordered the men to appear on October 31.


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