PHILADELPHIA – A group of police officers in Philadelphia have called their bosses in the narcotics bureau for allegedly ordering them to lie on drug arrest paperwork if a defendant was willing to be an informant.
The December lawsuit contains allegations that officers in the narcotics unit was assigned to the omission of names, change locations and change other information in the documents used as evidence during drug prosecutions.
Experts say that the practice increases the possibility of corruption and illegal persecution.
The officers, who are African-American, tell their superiors discriminated against them for refusing the order.
The commissioner of police, said in September that there has been an ongoing internal affairs investigation into the allegations. A police spokesman refused to comment further but said the probe is continuing.