A former Kansas City, Kan., police officer was found not guilty Thursday of making threats against the police chief and other commanders.
John D. Hudson, who had headed the Fraternal Order of Police in Kansas City, Kan., was acquitted by a jury in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., after a trial that began on Sept. 10.
A federal grand jury had indicted Hudson on four counts of retaliating against a witness, victim or informant. Prosecutors had alleged that Hudson made the threatening comments to a third person who later reported them to authorities. According to the government’s allegations, Hudson supposedly made the threats because he was upset about information Police Chief Rick Armstrong gave to the FBI that later led to criminal charges against several officers.
Hudson’s attorneys did not return calls for comment Thursday afternoon.
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