Philadelphia Police Corruption
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.
Former officer Gary Cottrell, a 14-year veteran of the department but now fired, is accused of taking part in an auto repair insurance fraud ring.
The defendants admitted conspiring with a group of drug dealers to rob another drug dealer — who was actually an undercover agent
Despite an emotional show of remorse, corrupt former Philadelphia police officer Robert Snyder was sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison for taking part in a conspiracy to rob drug dealers and resell the stolen drugs.
Former Philadelphia police officer James Venziale has been sentenced to federal prison, but he got a big break for cooperating with the authorities in the prosecution of his partners in crime.