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    Philadelphia Police Corruption Scandal: More Officers Arrested (May 2015 Update)

    The Philadelphia Police Department has been under a microscope lately. Charges of corrupt behavior have plagued the department for years. Some officers have been convicted. Currently, in a Philadelphia federal court, multiple officers have been on trial for various corruption charges. Guilty verdicts are highly likely. The crimes are shocking and include planting evidence, stealing money and drugs, selling drugs and lying in courtrooms.

    Related: False Confessions in Pennsylvania Criminal Cases

    Additional Philadelphia Police Officers Arrested for Corruption

    Late last month, three more police officers were arrested and charged with various crimes, including perjury and filing false reports. These arrests are unrelated to each other. According to a press release from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, a nearly 20 year veteran of the Philadelphia Police, officer Christopher Hulmes, has been charged with perjury, false swearing, unsworn falsifications to authorities, and other crimes. The criminal conduct bears a striking resemblance to the conduct at issue in the case currently in trial: lying on police affidavits to obtain search warrants. In addition, a local newspaper has alluded that the DA’s Office waited to turn over evidence of the officer’s misconduct to defense attorneys. (See

    The second officer, Christopher Jackson, was arrested for theft charges. According to the same press release, the officer is accused of confiscating a cell phone from a witness and then stealing the phone for his own use. The third officer is charged with animal cruelty, after a dog in his care was discovered in poor condition, suffering from a fractured limb. The dog had to be euthanized due to the extent of the injuries.

    More: Police Corruption in Philadelphia – The Extent of the Problem (Recent Cases in 2015)

    Combating Police Corruption in Criminal Cases

    Our lawyers have been representing residents of Philadelphia in criminal cases for decades, and there is one thing that most people don’t know when it comes to a criminal case. The people sitting in a jury box tend to believe police officers. After all, officers are here to protect and serve. So, it’s a natural reaction for the average citizen. When an officer says something, we tend to want to believe it.

    However, the recent cases of police corruption and brutality are making people stop and question whether police officers always tell the truth. On a national level, the general public is getting a glimpse of what has been going on in this country for decades.

    Obviously, not all police officers are bad. Many are not, but here’s a harsh reality – what we find as criminal lawyers is that officers often tweak facts or details to increase the chances of an arrest and ultimately a conviction. This happens every single day. It’s what makes a criminal defense lawyer’s job so challenging. But the reward is a “not guilty” verdict or getting a case thrown out because of a constitutional violation. Criminal lawyers are down in the trenches, fighting the good fight.

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    Philadelphia Murder Cases – Police Investigation Tactics (July 22, 2014) Philadelphia police investigation tactics have been challenged in major murder cases. Get the latest info here.

    If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in Philadelphia and believe that one of the officers in the case was corrupt, you must act quickly. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation. (215) 564-0644

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