Thursday, April 30, 2015
Philly Narcs' Supervisor Counted Drug Money, Never Read Indictment Of Cops
Veteran crime reporter Ralph Cipriano is covering the Philly cops corruption federal trial for bigtrial.net.
Sgt. Joseph McCloskey told the prosecutor that he never read the federal indictment against the six narcotics officers he used to supervise because, "I just don't believe it."
And when the sergeant showed up for an interview at FBI headquarters, he told the feds he'd been "passed over for promotion because of this shit."'
On the witness stand today for more than five hours, Sgt. McCloskey was blunt and prickly, especially when he was standing up for his guys on the narcotics squad.
"The quality of their work was exceptional" McCloskey said of the six defendants that he supervised for some ten years. But Officer Jeff Walker was another story, the sergeant told the jury. That guy used to show up so drunk on the job he couldn't remember where he left his gun."I was the supervisor," McCloskey told the jury. The guy on the other end of the police radio who would hustle out to a drug bust or a surveillance site to back up his guys.
The mission of the Narcotics Unit was to get drugs and guns off the streets of Philadelphia, the sergeant testified.
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