Six Philly police officers arrested for brazen corruption-related charges
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 00:49
Six Philadelphia narcotics officers arrested on a variety of corruption-related charges after a 42-page indictment describes scenes Hollywood would have trouble topping. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: U.S. government agents arrested six Philadelphia narcotics officers on Wednesday (July 30) on charges they robbed and in some cases kidnapped drug dealers, including dangling one over an 18th story balcony to force him to give up a computer password.
The men are accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and items including a Rolex watch and a designer suit. In one instance, they are accused of seizing cocaine and reselling it on the street.
"I can say that I've been a police officer for more than 40 years and this is one of the worst cases of corruption that I have ever heard," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Ramsey said during a news conference to announce the arrests.
The officers: Perry Betts, 46; Thomas Liciardello, 38; Linwood Norman, 46; Brian Reynolds, 43; John Speiser 46; and Michael Spicer, 46, were taken into custody early on Wednesday at their homes, authorities said.
Charges include robbery, racketeering, civil rights violations and falsifying records. Speiser faces up to 40 years in prison while the other officers face life sentences.
The 42-page indictment describes scenes that Hollywood would have trouble topping, including a 2007 robbery during which Norman allegedly held a man over an 18th floor balcony to get him to divulge the password to his handheld computer.
In other instances, the officers are accused of kicking detainees in the teeth, hitting them in the head with metal bars and ordering takeout food with suspects' cash.
The District Attorney's Office said it will now go back and review cases the men worked on to see if post-conviction relief is warranted.
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