Back in April, two Philadelphia police officers conducted a routine traffic stop that led to a vehicle search and temporary detainment of a suspect. After the incident, the suspect was released. Later, it was revealed that the two officers never had probable cause to stop, search or detain the suspect. On top of that, investigators determined the officers had falsified the paperwork they filed regarding the stop.
Police officers Matthew Walsh and Marvin Jones have been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss. The duo have both been arrested and charged with false imprisonment, tampering with records, obstructing the administration of law, conspiracy and official oppression.
The original incident occurred at around 10 A.M. on April 17. Officers Walsh and Jones allegedly conspired to stop a citizen without probable cause. They stopped the suspect near 100 E. Sharpnack Street and later alleged on their paperwork that they stopped him for “apparently using narcotics.” After approaching the suspect, he reportedly refused to remove his hands from his pockets, so police handcuffed him and conducted a search. Officers did not find any drugs or weapons on the suspect, so he was released without any charges after about 15 minutes.
The suspect later filed a complaint against the police department for searching him without cause. The police department looked over the paperwork filed by the two officers and discovered the two stories were entirely inconsistent. In response, the department asked the Internal Affairs Division to look into the incident.
The Internal Affairs Division found some disturbing facts including video evidence that contradicted the story presented by the two police officers. The video evidence led investigators to the conclusion that the citizen was very cooperative and did not appear to be using narcotics. Incredibly, the suspect was terrorized by being handcuffed, put in the back of a police cruiser and driven around for about a block before being released.