By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Closing arguments were underway today in the case of six Philadelphia narcotics officers accused of stealing from drug suspects and other crimes.

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The prosecution needed several hours to recap the case that relied heavily on the testimony of drug dealers and one former officer, Jeffrey Walker, who has pleaded guilty to stealing $15,000 from a drug suspect and planting evidence.   Walker cooperated with authorities in building the case against his former colleagues.

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Prosecutors highlighted many alleged cases in which the officers busted drug suspects, then skimmed portions of the thousands in cash they confiscated.  Their final words to the jury: we won’t tolerate police officers who commit crimes, threaten, and rob suspects, and then lie about it.

 

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