Phila. DA Releases List of Problem Police Officers

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Responding to a judge’s order, the Philadelphia District Attorney released a secret list of current and former police officers whom prosecutors have sought to keep off the witness stand after a review found that they had a history of lying, racial bias, or brutality, reports The names of the 29 officers were included among a larger roster of 66 provided to the Philadelphia Defender Association on Monday. The full list combined two groups —officers whose serious misconduct rendered them problematic as witnesses and 37 officers who have been charged with lesser offenses or have been involved in other legal conflicts, often while off duty.  Under prosecution policy, the second group can testify, but defense attorneys must be told of their legal issues.

In a detailed fact summary about each officer on the “Do Not Call” list, prosecutors said that the 29 had engaged in a wide range of wrongdoing and had, as a result, often faced criminal charges or been found guilty by the department’s internal Police Board of Inquiry.  The offenses included cases of lying to police investigators, filing false police reports, use of excessive force,  drunken driving, burglary, and others. On the list was former officer Ryan Pownall,  35, a 12-year police veteran  who was fired last year after he fatally shot a man running away after a traffic stop; former officer Emmanuel Folly, 26, a three-year veteran fired after his arrest on charges of sexual abuse of children and dissemination of child pornography; and former officer Stanley Davis, a narcotics officer who pleaded guilty last year to giving heroin to women in exchange for sex acts. The 29 officers collectively made more than 800 arrests in the last five years.

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