SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Latest on a California officer accused of leaking intel to street gang (all times local):
Authorities say that a San Jose police officer arrested as part of a gang sweep was placed on leave two months ago after they learned he was leaking confidential information to gang members.
San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said at a press conference Wednesday that nine-year police veteran Derrick Antonio was arrested Tuesday on six felony counts, including unauthorized computer access.
Garcia said the officer was sharing police reports, which could contain sensitive information.
Antonio was among 23 people arrested as part of a months-long joint probe into a gang believed to be involved in several crimes, including gambling, extortion, assault and public corruption.
Garcia applauded the police work of his department, which is struggling with low morale and low staffing levels.
A San Jose officer has been arrested as part of a gang sweep conducted by police, the FBI and DEA.
Police said the officer, a nine-year veteran of the police department, was among several suspects arrested Tuesday as part of the sweep targeting a Vietnamese gang.
He was booked for investigation of six felony counts, including making unauthorized computer access.
Authorities plan to release allegations against the officer at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
The gang is believed to be involved in several crimes, including gambling, extortion, assault and public corruption. Police said gang members often operated out of Vietnamese cafes and extorted their owners.