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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Six Philadelphia police officers who served in the narcotics squad were taken into custody by federal agents early this morning as part of a federal corruption probe.
All of those officers are current or former narcotics officers: John Speiser, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, Perry Betts, Thomas Liciardello, and Linwood Norman. All are facing multiple charges including extortion, robbery, kidnapping, and drug-dealing.
In one incident, officials say, the accused held one of the drug suspects for days in a hotel while threatening him and making threats against his family.
In another alleged incident, one victim was reportedly dangled over the edge of an 18th-floor balcony in order to get information.
Following announcement of the indictments, Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey said, “I’ve been a police officer for over 40 years and this is one of the worst cases of corruption I’ve ever heard.”
Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey said, “I’ve been a police officer for over 40 years and this is one of the worst cases of corruption I’ve ever heard.”
originally posted by: BBobb
Is it just me...or do they all look alike. Perhaps corruption has a face.
originally posted by: PraetorianAZ
I bet they all thought they were gods and couldnt be touched. I bet there crying in there jail cells right now... Throw away the key and let Joe bob and jimbo give them rectal booster shots the rest of their lives.