Jeffrey Walker told jurors that the Philadelphia Police Department drug squad targeted white “college-boy … khaki-pants types” who were “easy to intimidate.”
Testifying against his colleagues, a former Philadelphia cop told the court about the extortions, robberies, drug deals and other abuses perpetrated by six narcotics officers currently standing trial for a six-year racketeering scheme. Ex-Officer, Jeffrey Walker admitted he began stealing from crime scenes as a junior patrolman. He worked with the six defendants until 2009, when he turned to alcohol following what he described as a â€œmessyâ€ divorce. He was arrested in 2013 after he broke into a jailed suspectâ€™s house in order to steal money and marijuana â€“ only to find out the suspect had been a FBI informant and the whole operation was a sting. He is cooperating with the authorities in order to avoid a life sentence. More than 160 drug convictions have been overturned since Walker pleaded guilty and six other narcotics officers were named in a 26-count indictment on charges ranging from racketeering conspiracy, extortion and robbery to kidnapping and drug dealing. Numerous civil rights lawsuits are pending as well.
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