By Pat Loeb
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — An attorney for one of the six former Philadelphia narcotics officers acquitted of corruption yesterday says he expects all of them to seek reinstatement to the police force.
Two of the former officers — Thomas Liciardello and Mike Spicer — have said they’ll seek their jobs back, but attorney Jack McMahon, who led the defense team, says he expects his client, Brian Reynolds, and the three other defendants to join the action.
“Through the arbitration process, as set up by the union and the city by way of contract, they will all have arbitration hearings, at which time the arbitrator will decide whether they should have their jobs back or not,” McMahon told KYW Newsradio today.
A police spokesperson says the department has no control over what the arbitrator rules. Officers have frequently been reinstated after acquittal, often with the arbitrator ordering back pay.
McMahon says the Fraternal Order of Police has already started the ball rolling with a grievance on the officers’ behalf charging improper termination. Hearings on that are set for July.