By Oralandar Brand-Williams | The Detroit News
On the one-year anniversary of his release from prison after 32 years, Richard Wershe Jr. filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing former FBI agents, ex-Detroit police officers and former federal prosecutors of child abuse in connection with his time as an informant when he was a teen.
“I want this chapter in my life closed,” said Wershe, a former FBI and Detroit police informant known as “White Boy Rick,” as he was surrounded by his mother Darlene and other family members Tuesday.
Wershe, 52, said he had wanted to file the lawsuit many years ago but his two former attorneys feared that if he did he would have no chance at being released.
The press conference was the first time Wershe talked to reporters at length since being released from prison a year ago after serving 32 years and seven months behind bars.
Richard Wershe Jr., a former FBI and Detroit police informant known as ”White Boy Rick,” hugs his mother Darlene McCormick after a press conference at the Penobscot Building, in Detroit, July 20, 2021, announcing a lawsuit against FBI agents and Detroit police for alleged child abuse. Wershe spent 32 years in prison after a drug trafficking arrest at 17 years old in1987.”,”copyrightHolder”:”David Guralnick, The Detroit News
Former Detroit police officers William Jasper and Kevin Green and retired FBI agents Herman Groman and James Dixon are named as defendants in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit. The suit also names former federal prosecutors Lynn Helland, who is now the executive director and general counsel of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission, James King and a third listed as “unknown.” The city of Detroit is also named as a defendant.
A spokeswoman for the Detroit office of the FBI declined to comment.
Detroit Police 2nd Deputy Chief Rudy Harper said “We have not seen the lawsuit nor the allegations…”
Helland had no immediate comment. Dixon, a former Southfield resident, reportedly died in 2018.
In the lawsuit, Wershe candidly recounted his time as a teenage informant who was allegedly first approached by FBI agents when he was 14. According to Wershe and his attorneys, the Detroit teen regularly met with FBI agents and Detroit police officers to give information on Detroit’s burgeoning drug gangs.
“Had I not been an informant for the task force, I would never have gotten involved with drug gangs or criminality of any sort,” Wershe claims in the lawsuit. He maintains he did not come up with the moniker “White Boy Rick” but rather it was the media that gave him the description.
Wershe said Tuesday he was used by the FBI agents and the Detroit police officers for information about drug gangs and left to serve out a long prison sentence for a 1988 drug conviction even when they had promised that they would help him out since he cooperated with them for information.
“The justice system hasn’t been fair to me,” Wershe said Tuesday. “This needed to be known. The truth needed to be told.”
Wershe said Tuesday he will …read more
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