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Video: Philly Narcotics Officers Face 26 Counts of Shaking Down Drug Dealers

July 31, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Philly Narcotics Officers Face 26 Counts of Shaking Down Drug Dealers

Philadelphia officers Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman and John Speiser were arrested yesterday as the U.S. Attorney's Office unveiled a 26-count indictment against the former members of the Philadelphia Police Department's Narcotics Field Unit.

Zane David Memeger, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, said the disgraced cops allegedly stole $500,000 worth of cash, personal belongings and drugs from suspected drug dealers between February 2006 and November 2012 - and then forged police records to cover their tracks.

When the rogue officers couldn't easily find the goods they were looking for, they allegedly resorted to tactics that would've made hardened criminals nod in approval: kidnapping, extortion and playing a "game" that awarded points for the types of physical injuries they could inflict on a suspect, reports.

The indictment detailed 22 instances of the cops breaking the law, including a February 2010 incident in which Liciardello, Reynolds, Betts and Spicer allegedly sledgehammered their way into a North Philly man's apartment. Spicer knocked out some of the man's teeth and dangled him from his third-story balcony, until he confessed to having some money hidden in his apartment, according to the indictment.

All but Norman pleaded not guilty; Norman can enter his plea during his scheduled arraignment Monday afternoon.



Comments (8)

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EODK9Trainer @ 7/31/2014 4:09 PM

Jesus guys. What the hell. If you are guilty I hope you go away for many years. Way to tarnish the badge.

Bagmore @ 7/31/2014 5:54 PM

It's schmucks like them that give the rest of us a bad name.....

Mike @ 8/1/2014 3:50 AM

I bet each and every one is a puppy shooter...wonderful examples of " To SERVE AND TO PROTECT " . Bet the POLICE union interveins and gets them all off with a raise.

jon @ 8/1/2014 5:26 AM

Greed is a powerful thing...The slippery slope of corruption begins with that first free cup of coffee.

shield706 @ 8/1/2014 9:22 AM

@Mike, let's hope the Philly lodge votes not to represent them. Every time our profession starts to look good nationwide, criminals like this pop up and give us all another black eye. Unbelievable.

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 8/1/2014 1:15 PM

What a disgrace to the shield. I would put them in with the guys that they ripped off. No then you would have six dead excops. However, freezing their assests and giving them to the department funds for good narcotic buys off the bad guys would work for me.

Longarm @ 8/2/2014 9:05 PM

jon, not to diminish the deplorable conduct of these officers (if they're guilty, which they aren't until proven so in a court of law) but that's an assinine comment. No, accepting a free coffee is not a slippery slope into massive corruption and knocking out someone's teeth. Give your head a shake.

132&Bush @ 8/29/2014 5:51 PM

Anyone ever read WEB Griffins cop series? This is the plot and dept. from one of the books.

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