Houston police officers accused of ticket-rigging scheme

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HOUSTON,TX  - A scandal is brewing in the Houston Police Department.

Four HPD officers were ordered to turn in their badges and relieved of duty during an investigation into an alleged speeding ticket rigging scheme.

The scheme reportedly involves listing officers as present during traffic stops who weren't actually there.

The story also took a tragic turn Tuesday afternoon August 19 when one of the officers relieved of duty committed suicide in his patrol car shortly after handing over his badge.

HPD Chief Charles McClelland addressed the situation Thursday afternoon.

"We certainly had enough information and evidence that we believe, that warrants an investigation," McClelland said. "Not only an administrative investigation but a criminal investigation."

So what happens next?

Now we wait and see how this internal affairs investigation speeds up.