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“It’s becoming a disturbingly familiar scene in America - mentally unstable cops”

“It’s becoming a disturbingly familiar scene in America - mentally unstable cops”
“It’s becoming a disturbingly familiar scene in America - mentally unstable cops”

Philly commissioner confirms cop corruption probe

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Seven officers have been pulled from narcotics trafficking investigations — including one who already is in custody — as part of an ongoing corruption probe involving the department's Internal Affairs unit, the FBI and federal prosecutors, the city's police commissioner said.
Commissioner Charles Ramsey confirmed the investigation at a news conference on another matter Friday, the Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1dEIrys ) reported.
Ramsey's comments marked the first time the city has publicly acknowledged the investigation, which the U.S. Attorney's Office has continued to refuse to confirm or deny. The city's Internal Affairs office and corruption task force have been working with the FBI and federal prosecutors on the grand jury investigation, Ramsey said.
Four narcotics officers, and two others who work closely with them, have been reassigned to desk duty and been made to surrender their weapons, according to a department spokeswoman. The Associated Press is not identifying those officers because they've not been criminally charged.
The seventh officer, Jeffrey Walker, has been in custody since his arrest by federal authorities in May.
A federal magistrate has ordered Walker remain jailed until he can stand trial on charges he used his position as a police officer to take personal property, money and marijuana from others.
Federal court records show Ramsey was recorded bragging about how easy it was to rob drug dealers. His defense attorney, Thomas Fitzpatrick, could not be reached by phone on Saturday and didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Walker conceded that federal prosecutors had enough probable cause to charge him with a crime, and waived a preliminary hearing on the matter in May, court records show.
City police have dismissed charges in hundreds of drug-related arrests since the other officers were transferred from narcotics duty in December 2012 and has also been sued about 40 times in federal court, in connection with alleged misconduct by the officers in question, the newspaper reported. Some of the lawsuits allege the officers framed people with bogus evidence and testimony.
Public defender Bradley Bridge, whose office represented many of the defendants in those cases, applauded the investigation.
"That these officers have now been taken off the street is significant," Bridge said. "Substantial questions have arisen regarding the propriety of their actions while making arrests. Until those questions have been answered satisfactorily, the most prudent course is to prevent them from making more questionable arrests."

Mayor: East Hampton cop, traffic officer caught in 'compromising position' in vacation home

By DAVID M. SCHWARTZ  david.schwartz@newsday.com

East Hampton Village fired a traffic control officer and suspended a patrolman with pay after the couple was found in a "compromising position" at a Hamptons vacation house, the village's mayor said Sunday.
The two were found Dec. 30 at a Talmage Lane home, where the female traffic control officer, 20, also worked as a part-time house cleaner. The male officer, 31, was relieved of his badge and firearm because of the criminal trespass complaint, police said in a statement.
The home is owned by a Manhattan interior designer, according to published reports. He could not be reached for comment Sunday.
The officer, whom police and village officials refused to identify, was off duty at the time, police said.
Friends of the home's owner -- who does not live there full time -- arrived at the house planning to spend the New Year's holiday there. When they discovered the pair, they called police, according to Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr.
Rickenbach said of the alleged incident: "It's unacceptable, inexcusable and, most importantly, unlawful. He violated the public trust of his office and badge."
The mayor promised a swift investigation. The village trustees unanimously terminated a traffic control officer on Friday, retroactive to Dec. 30, according to a broadcast of the meeting.
"The alleged conduct is totally not in keeping with how the village likes to present itself. We will deal with it in the immediate future," Rickenbach said.
The male officer, an employee for the past nine years, is suspended while the investigation continues. "We're bound by the contractual arrangements and certain covenants within the PBA contract," Rickenbach said.

The East Hampton police chief declined to comment.