Philadelphia Police Corruption
A Philadelphia judge has reversed dozens of additional drug convictions tied to a onetime elite squad of police narcotics officers whose members were recently acquitted of federal corruption charges.
Two of the former officers have said they’ll seek to return to the force, but the defense team’s lead attorney says he expects the four other former cops to join the action.
The stunning verdict, following seven days of deliberations, was read aloud by the jury foreman: not guilty on each of 26 counts.
Michael Spicer is set to return after spending most of Friday on the witness stand.
Federal authorities allege the six former officers, Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman and John Speiser were part of a violent racketeering conspiracy.
The federal judge granted a prosecution motion to dismiss a couple of charges in a police corruption case that has ensnared six former Philadelphia narcotics officers.
The defendants are accused of using force and their positions as police officers to steal money, property, and drugs from drug dealers.
Two Philadelphia police officers were charged Thursday with the violent beating of a man whom investigators say was innocent.
US District Court judge Legrome Davis Jr. told defendant Jonathan Garcia that he had done “more harm than I can fathom.”
The defense for an allegedly corrupt former Philadelphia police officer Thomas Liciardello is fighting for his freedom — very limited freedom — pending trial.
Seven Philadelphia narcotics officers have been relieved of their duties as part of a federal corruption investigation.
Philadelphia police officer Gerald Gibson, a son-in-law of the Pennsylvania governor, was fired after he allegedly stole marked money during a sting.
This is another blow to the Philadelphia Police Department, already reeling from repeated allegations of corruption, acts of admitted corruption, and concerns about police shootings.
According to the Philadelphia Police Department, Officer Jonathan Garcia, 23, was arrested after selling heroin to an undercover FBI informant.
Former 22nd District patrol officer and cell block attendant Charles Jacoby was previously found guilty of stealing and using debit and credit cards from incarcerated individuals.