If the races were reversed, this would be the single biggest news story in the USA right now. Instead it is a “hush crime.”
Philadelphia is about half black and 36% white. The leadership of the city is largely black.
Jeffrey Walker, who is black, says that he robbed white college students and then planted drugs on them. He is also accusing another black cop and five white cops of being in on it. Walker says that the Philadelphia drug squad targeted white college students to rob and frame for years.
A disgraced ex-police officer testifying against his drug squad colleagues acknowledged Tuesday that he stole drug money, planted evidence and lied on police paperwork too many times to count.Jeffrey Walker told jurors that the Philadelphia Police Department drug squad targeted white “college-boy … khaki-pants types” who were “easy to intimidate.”
That matches the description of some of the drug dealers who have testified in recent weeks in the federal police corruption trial. The witnesses have said the squad stole as much as $110,000 at a time during illegal raids marked by threats and physical violence.
Lead defendant Thomas Liciardello, their de facto leader, always got a cut of the money, while the others split “jobs” they actually worked, Walker said. The city’s police brass often celebrated the squad’s success with splashy news conferences when they made big seizures.
“It made them look good. It was nothing but a dog and pony show,” Walker said.
More than 160 drug convictions have been overturned since Walker pleaded guilty and the others were named in a 25-count indictment. Scores of civil-rights lawsuits are pending over the arrests.
Walker, 46, said he first stole money as a uniformed patrolman when he chased a dealer into a house and spotted a large bag of cash on top of the refrigerator.
“I never saw that much money. I was a young kid,” Walker told jurors. “I took some money, put it in my jacket pocket.”
—Courtesy of Top Conservative News