Asbury Park Police Officer Keith German is one of 31 charged in gang affiliated criminal organization
Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni was joined by representatives of 26 Monmouth County and federal law enforcement agencies this afternoon when he announced charges levied against 31 people, including known members of the Bloods and Crips gangs as well as an Asbury Park Police Officer on charges including racketeering conspiracy, narcotics distribution, illegal possession of firearms, promoting organized street crime, armed robbery, shoplifting and endangering the welfare of of child.
Asbury Park Patrolman Keith German, a 16 year veteran of the department, was arrested and charged official misconduct and unauthorized access of a computer database for his alleged role in the criminal enterprise whereby he shared information with gang members in an effort to help them avoid arrest. Gramiccioni declined to share any evidence of German’s motives for participating in the criminal enterprise or to say if he would face additional charges.
German has been released from custody after posting 10% of his 50,000 bail. The other arrested defendants are in the custody of the Monmouth County Correctional Institution pending their bail hearings. Three individuals charged remain at large; Shakri Prince, 20 of Ocean Township, Shamere Reid, 20, of Neptune and Alvin Durham of Roselle.
Two of the 28 people arrested are juveniles and were not identified by Gramiccioni.
The six month investigation, dubbed “Operation Dead End,” began last summer in conjuncion with other efforts focused on stemming violent street crimes and firearms offenses in Asbury Park. During the investigation, members of the “Crips” and “Bloods” street gangs and their conspirators based their activities out of two dead end streets in Asbury Park–Dewitt Avenue, as well ad a dead end section of Jersey Street in the Washington Village Public Housing Complex.
The following graphic supplied by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office identifies those charged. Alleged members of the “Bloods” are framed in red. Alleged “Crips” are framed in blue. The fugitives are framed in black. German is framed in gold and those not alleged to be affiliated with gangs or law enforcement are not framed with highlighted colors.