Californian 17-year-old Chad MacDonald was arrested in 1998 by police when they found 11 grams of methamphetamine in his car. He was given the option of either a prison sentence and a criminal record or becoming a confidential informant for Brea Police Department. MacDonald wore a wire and made controlled drug buys for almost two months before he was dropped by police due to his continued use of drugs. However, word had got out on the street that MacDonald was working for the police and 10 days later he was beaten and strangled to death and his girlfriend narrowly escaped death after she was shot in the face.
Police claimed that it was MacDonald’s involvement in drugs that ot him killed. MacDonald’s family argue that it was his cooperation with police. Either way, the case raises a number of questions about how juvenile informants are managed.
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