2 Philadelphia cops arrested for evidence tampering in separate cases

KYW Staff
November 21, 2019 - 5:08 pm
Charles Myers (left) and Nathaniel Williams

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police arrested two officers Thursday for evidence tampering-related charges following two separate criminal investigations.

Homicide Detective Nathaniel Williams, 48, was arrested Thursday morning following a warrant from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. 

According to the DA’s Office, a woman told authorities she was being stalked and harassed by Edward Williams, Nathaniel Williams' cousin, who worked for SEPTA.

Nathaniel Williams is accused of using a law enforcement database to look up the woman for his cousin, then lying to commanders about it.

Edward Williams has been charged with falsifying statements to authorities and obstructing the administration of the law. The DA’s Office also charged Nathaniel Williams with tampering with public records and evidence, and similar offenses. 

Nathaniel Williams is a 26-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department. 

Then Thursday afternoon, Officer Charles Myers, 47, was arrested for a different case. He is charged with perjury, tampering with records, and falsifying statements to authorities for a March 2017 incident, in which, authorities say, two people were searched and arrested at a gas station in Northeast Philly.

Authorities say Myers lied during a suppression hearing, saying that a man got in a car when video, they say, showed he did not, and the DA withdrew the charges against the two defendants.

Myers is a 20-year veteran of the force. 

Acting Police Commissioner Christine Coulter has suspended both officers for 30 days with the intent to dismiss at the end of the 30 days.

“It is never a good day when public employees are charged with breaking the law,” District Attorney Larry Krasner said in a statement. “When public officials are alleged to have abused their power for personal advantage or gratification, it is insulting to the overwhelming majority of public employees who do their jobs with integrity and decency, and who in some cases put themselves in harm’s way to protect the rest of us.”

The Fraternal Order of Police said it is going to back both men through the legal process. 

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KYW Newsradio's Kristen Johanson and Rachel Kurland contributed to this report.