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FBI Joins Philadelphia Police to Investigate Possible New Threats Against Officers

philadelphia-police-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just days after an ISIS supporter ambushed Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett, a disturbing tip suggests a possible new threat against the city’s cops, CBS Philly reports. 

The FBI has joined police to investigate the possibility of new attacks.

Police are trying to determine whether Edward Archer was part of a wider threat against police after he shot the 33-year-old officer inside his patrol car.

“I just got off the phone with the agent in charge of the FBI and he gave me an update that’s pretty much status quo, but they are looking to put their hands on some folks just to talk to them,” Police Commissioner Richard Ross told Eyewitness News.

An anonymous informant warned that the “threat is not over” and that Archer was “part of a group of three others and is not the most radical of the four.”

Officers have been ordered to drive with a partner.

“We have to do it, in light of the information we received yesterday. We’d be remiss if we didn’t look at that. We still don’t know if there is anything more involved,” the commissioner said.

FBI Investigates 6 Philadelphia Cops Accused of Planting Drugs, Stealing Money

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Hundreds of people may be unjustly behind bars because of six Philadelphia cops accused of planting drugs and stealing money, NBC 6 Philadelphia reports.

The FBI is investigating the former narcotics officers who were transferred to other duties pending the outcome of the investigation, NBC 6 reported, but the details are unclear.

The cops’ behavior led to the dismissal of 270 cases, according to NBC 6.

“We made the FBI task force, which is made up of FBI and Philadelphia Police, aware of what’s going on,” Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said. “That is continuing at this time. We’ve taken them from narcotics pending the outcome of the investigation.”

Philadelphia Cop Faces Jail Time for Drug Trafficking

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Philadelphia police officer is accused of selling heroin to a confidential informant working for the FBI, Philly.com reports.

Jonathan Garcia, 23, was charged Wednesday with four counts of distributing heroin and two counts of carrying a firearm during drug trafficking.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said he plans to suspend Garcia for 30 days before dismissing him permanently, according to Philly.com

“He’s never been accused of any crime before this. There’s no allegation of any violence,” said his defense attorney, Scott DiClaudio. “He’s not a threat to the community or a flight risk. We’re going to seek his release on bail or house arrest.”

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FBI Arrests Philly Police Official With Aspirations to be Chief

Chief Charles Ramsey/dept. photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI in all likelihood put an end to any aspirations of Philadelphia police inspector Daniel Castro becoming the department’s commissioner.

On Friday, agents arrested him at his home on charges of extortion in a scheme the Philadelphia Inquirer reported ” portrays him more like a gangster.”  Castro is the 15th Philly cop to be arrested since March 2009.

The paper reported that Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, a former Chicago police official and former head of the D.C. police department, knew the inspector was under FBI investigation.  In fact, the paper reported that last month at a press conference announcing the arrests of two officers charged with ripping off drug dealers, he remarked  that it “could get worse before it gets better.”

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Secret Service Tipped Off Philly Police About Officer Running Criminal Check on Pres. Obama

Chief Charles Ramsey/dept. photo

Chief Charles Ramsey/dept. photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Secret Service has triggered a Philadelphia Police Department probe into why one of its officers used his police car computer on Wednesday to run a criminal background check on President Obama, the Associated Press reported.

The Secret Service notified the police department after learning of the breach from the National Crime Information Center, the wire service reported.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said the department is investigating the matter and the officer faces possible discipline.

Last month, two DeKalb County police officers in Georgia were accused of doing the same thing, the AP reported. They were put on paid administrative leave.

FBI and ATF Bust Drug-Dealing Philly Cop

philly-map2It’s always a good day when the feds can take a crooked cop off the street. Unfortunately, most big city police departments have too many.

By DAVID GAMBACORTA
Philadelphia Daily News
PHILADELPHIA — ALHINDE WEEMS, armed with his gun and Philadelphia police badge, allegedly was pumped and ready to go.

After weeks of covert meetings and careful planning, Weems met yesterday morning at a local hotel with two of his trusted associates, eager to finally put his scheme in motion. The 5 1/2-year police veteran was ready to rob – and possibly shoot – a narcotics supplier, law-enforcement officials said.

And then everything fell apart. FBI agents swarmed in and arrested Weems, 33, the main target of a three-month corruption investigation run by the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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