D.C. police officer arrested in burglary sting

By Keith L. Alexander and Clarence Williams
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, March 7, 2011; 8:39 PM

A five-year veteran of the D.C. police department has been charged with accepting money she thought was stolen during a house burglary, after a sting operation by the internal affairs unit.

With her ankles and wrists in shackles, Officer Jennifer N. Green, 28, appeared in D.C. Superior Court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted receipt of stolen property. Magistrate Judge Diana Harris Epps allowed Green's release but ordered her to undergo drug treatment and barred her from carrying firearms.

According to documents filed in court by police, the internal affairs unit hatched the operation using an informant with a pending assault case. Green and the informant met at Macombo's Lounge in the District on Friday and talked about an apartment that contained a large amount of money and drugs, the documents say.

Green told the informant that she had no use for the drugs but that she could use the money, according to the documents.

About 7:45 p.m. Saturday, the informant called Green and asked whether she "was still trying to do that" with him later. Green, the documents say, then said, "Yeah, man, you got what you need to do that?" Green then asked for the address of the apartment, police say in the documents.

About 8:15, the informant arrived at Green's apartment. Green, who was off duty, went outside and then went back for her police-issued radio, the documents say. Inside the informant's vehicle, Green used the radio to monitor chatter from the 4th District, where she is assigned. Green then gave the informant directions to the apartment they were going to burglarize, and the two parked at a Safeway in the area, according to the documents.

The informant then pulled a crowbar out of the back seat and stuffed it into his right sleeve, the papers say. The informant went inside the apartment on Quincy Street and returned with $1,050 that had been marked by D.C. police internal affairs officers and a plastic bag containing white soap pieces that were packaged to resemble crack cocaine, the papers say.

According to the documents, Green ordered the defendant to drive away as she counted the money. She told the informant the total was "G 50" and said she would take $600, the papers say.

The informant drove back to Green's apartment about 9 p.m., and Green was arrested outside.

On Monday, Green was housed away from other prisoners in a segregated, lockup unit in D.C. Superior Court before her case was called.

After her hearing, Green left the courthouse with her parents and court-appointed attorney. She declined comment.

Several of Green's friends, including one uniformed officer, sat with Green's family before her case was called. Green was placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the charges. Green's next court appearance is scheduled for March 17.

In a statement announcing Green's arrest, D.C. police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said the force "must be just as proactive about preventing corruption as we are about preventing crime."

Staff writers Paul Duggan and Allison Klein contributed to this report.

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