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Tulsa Cop Convicted of Robbing Hispanic Drivers

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A former Tulsa police officer on Thursday was convicted on five counts of robbery with a firearm in a case where fellow officers accused him of targeting Hispanic drivers while in uniform.

Blades' sentence will be split—35 years in prison followed by 35 years of probation.

Marvin Blades Jr., 38, was arrested in August 2012 after officers and Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agents set up a sting operation. According to Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan, Blades had long been suspected of targeting Hispanics for traffic stops and stealing their money.