2 Fired Philadelphia Officers Vindicated After Alleged Courthouse Tagging Incident

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Two fired Philadelphia police officers have been acquitted of assaulting a graffiti vandal, who may have targetted the courthouse during this trial. The judge found the alleged victim lied, repeatedly, is patently unreliable, and he acquitted the defendants of the 2007 incidentg without even letting the case go to the jury for deliberations. 

The defendants, former officers Sheldon Fitzgerald and Howard Hill, both 33 and five year veterans, hugged their attornies, each other and family and friends and they want their jobs back.

Defense attorney Brian McMonagle says alleged victim David lied about just about every event that took place that night.

“Once you start down a road of tellling lies, sometimes you can’t stop and he couldn’t stop. And when he got done lying in this courtroom, he walked out and walked down the hall and began defacing this building. He doesn’t belong in the Criminal Justice center except as a defendant,” said McMonagle.

The tag “OZ” turned up on a building elevator and in the stairwell near the courtroom, the judge took jurors to see it before acquitting the defendants.

Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio

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One Comment

  1. Todd McDonald says:

    There is clearly more to this story than is contained in this news report. Philadelphia police officers do not lose their jobs over an isolated incident involving an unreliable witness. It sounds like the prosecutor phoned-in his case.

    1. Michael says:

      Unfortunately there isn’t too much more. IAB were lied to and never did any follow up. The “victim” admitted to lying so many times on the stand, surrounding the incident that it made the likelihood of the assault to have ever occurred. The victims witness even testified that she never saw him get assaulted and that David typically lies. I wonder if the Police Commissioner knew that this guy was lying would he have ever bashed his own officers in the media knowing that they will get their jobs back?

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