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Canton 01/27/05

Bond Set for Accused Police Officer

Bond has been set at $50,000 for a Canton police officer charged with extortion. He appeared in Madison County Justice Court Thursday morning.

A crowd of Canton residents jeered at Lieutenant Roger Thomas as he was led into the Justice Court building.

Madison County Deputies arrested Thomas Wednesday after a sting operation that was launched amid complaints that he was taking money from mostly Hispanic drivers during traffic stops.

Deputies witnessed him taking $200 from an undercover officer -- something residents say he is known for.

Dwight Williams says Thomas harassed him in the past when he was pulled over for driving without a license.

"He was asking for big money -- like $100, $50," Williams told WLBT. He says the officer would let him go if he coughed up the cash, but he didn't have it.

"Even though I know I'm in the wrong -- I don't have no driver's license -- it's just the idea, the principle of the thing," Williams said.

Lieutenant Thomas told reporters he was not guilty as he was led back to the Madison County Jail. He is the third Canton police officer to be charged with a crime in recent weeks.

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