Philly narc squad so corrupt DA won't call them - Philadelphia
Squad settles lawsuits for $777,500.
The city of Philadelphia is paying out $777,500 to settle lawsuits leveled against a corrupt narcotics squad, a unit so bad that the District Attorney will no longer use them as witnesses.
Where's there's drugs there's money, and money, often corruption.
Other cases allege that officers fabricated and planted evidence, stole money, and committed various acts of brutality.
Internal Affairs complaints also mounted against the squad.
However, most other suits against the squad have been dismissed. Two civil suits remain open.
The officers themselves deny any wrongdoing.
One lawyer involved in the case, Michael Schwartz said, "Where there is smoke, there is fire."
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