City judge tosses police union suit against DA’s office over so-called 'Do Not Call' list

Kristen Johanson
August 24, 2019 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A lawsuit filed against the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office over a so-called “Do Not Call” list, which involved hundreds of police officers, was thrown out Friday.

The DA’s office said they are investigating 300 Philadelphia officers who were listed in the Plain View Project’s collection of Facebook posts. These posts, which are said to have been written by city cops, have now lead the DA’s office to question if these officers can be called to testify in court.

The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, which filed the suit against the DA’s office, claimed that this list violates the officers’ privacy.

This has been a point of contention for the union, the police department and the DA's office, which works closely with law enforcement officers on each case.

Since the Plain View posts went public, 13 officers were fired, seven have resigned, and another 70 were disciplined.

The DA’s database, or list, was used to look up the officers’ conduct individually in hopes to avoid due process violation for defendants. This is also known as a “Brady violation” following the Supreme Court case Brady v. Maryland.

For example, if an officer on this list allegedly wrote about beating up a homophobic man, they then wouldn’t be called to testify in an LGBTQ-related case.

A spokesman for the FOP said the union will be appealing the civil court judge’s decision immediately. They also went on to criticize Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and what they called his “anti-law enforcement agenda.”