Philly DA's Office compiles list of officers with 'integrity issues'

FOP says it raises concerns

Cherri Gregg
June 05, 2018 - 7:34 pm
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner

Paul Kurtz | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office is working to compile a comprehensive list of police officers with "integrity issues."  

They have asked the Philadelphia Police Department for information regarding serious violations that go back nearly decade. 

The list would include officers who lied while on duty, used excessive force, racially profiled a suspect or otherwise violated civil rights.

"Our primary obligation is to ensure that we are fulfilling our constitutional obligation within the prosecution of any criminal case," said Ben Waxman, director of communications for the District Attorney's Office.

Former District Attorney Seth Williams had a similar "do not call" list of officers but kept it secret. Earlier this year, under court order, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office released the list.  

Waxman said protocols for the new list are still being worked out, but the names will be disclosed in discovery to defense lawyers. He added it's unclear whether being on the list would bar an officer from testifying or whether the new list will be made public.

"Our goal is to make sure that we will be as transparent as possible while protecting the rights of everyone involved," he said.

"It seems to be broad — and could encompass hundreds of officer," said John McNesby, president of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).

McNesby said they haven't met with the district attorney about this new list, so the idea of a new list raises questions.

"Who's responsible for putting people on this list or taking them off?" he questioned. "There's concern out there because you're affecting somebody's career."

Waxman says the District Attorney's Office has had productive meetings with the Philadelphia Police Department and they also met with the FOP about the list created under Williams' administration. 

He said the office has taken feedback from police and will do the same as they create the protocols for this police integrity list. 

"Our view is that the overwhelming vast majority of the officers on the street are behaving and have nothing to worry about," added Waxman. "Our main concern is that credibility of officers is factored in during trial."

The Philadelphia Police Department declined to comment.