Charges dropped against 2 Philly cops accused of unlawfully detaining man

Kristen Johanson
November 19, 2018 - 12:24 pm
Officers Marvin Jones and Matthew Walsh have been suspended.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia judge has tossed the case against former Philly police officers, charged with unlawfully detaining a man this past April.

Judge Thomas Gheret dropped charges of false imprisonment, tampering with records — a felony — and other related charges against Matthew Walsh and Marvin Jones, a pair of former city cops charged by the district attorney in September. 

The man who filed a formal complaint against the pair after a stop in April took the stand on Monday.

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He said he was stopped while getting an egg sandwich. He said Walsh and Jones patted him down and found Oxycodone pills in his pocket. He said the cops took four of the 10 pills he had, put him in the back of a cop car, and drove a block before dropping him off.

Defense attorneys said surveillance video was shown during the two-hour hearing, which showed the two officers driving down a street in order to let another car and a UPS truck go by.

Defense attorney Fred Perri said they put the man into the car to allow the delivery truck to go by. 

"Ya know, the judge saw it for what it was fortunately, and hopefully these men can put their lives back together and get back in doing good police work," he added.

In the end, Gheret agreed with the defense, saying he did not see that any actual crime had been committed, and tossed the case.  

Gheret asked the prosecutor if the man could have been arrested for not having a prescription for the pills, to which she answered "yes."

The pair are now trying to get their jobs back with the police department.