At least 11 Philadelphia drug cases have been dumped since District Attorney Seth Williams told Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey last week that six narcotics officers had lost their credibility and would not be called to testify in drug cases, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. More cases are scheduled to be dropped this week, and the fallout could be breathtaking.
The officers were involved in at least 1,300 cases since 2006, and that could just a small fraction of their total cases. Bradley Bridge of the public defender's office said the District Attorney had indicated that it anticipated dismissing at least 17 cases involving the officers in which suspects are in custody. John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 5, has said they have the full support of the union. McNesby criticized Williams for second-guessing the difficult and dangerous work done by members of the narcotics unit.