The fallout from the arrest of narcotics officer Jeffrey Walker continued Friday at the Criminal Justice Center when a judge threw out more than a dozen drug convictions tied to the admittedly corrupt officer.
"We'll look at every case, we'll look at it the same way, we'll look at the evidence, where appropriate, we'll dismiss, where it isn't we will not," said Assistant DA Robin Godfrey.
"It will be a black eye on the police department until they do something structurally different," said Public Defender Bradley Bridge.
Eighty-five drug cases have now been tossed out since Walker's arrest last May with more potentially to come. The 24 year police veteran plead guilty to robbery and weapons charges in federal court earlier this week. He was arrested in an FBI sting last May. On Monday, his lawyer said Walker is cooperating with the FBI. He predicted other officers and suspects will fall
These are dangerous people who engaged in significant criminal activity for quite some time," said Thomas Fitzpatrick, Walker's defense attorney.
"I want to get it rooted out now," Commissioner Charles Ramsey told Fox 29 on Friday following a police graduation ceremony.
Commissioner ramsey has already said a federal grand jury is investigating at least half a dozen former narcotics officers. They have been removed from street duty. Ramsey's committed to getting rid of corrupt cops.
"Anytime you can rid your ranks of a corrupt officer, it's a good day," Ramsey added. "The honest men and women who are working hard every day, they don't deserve to have guys like this working along side them, they truly don't."
Bridge says there has to be significant change at the department for corruption to end, especially in the area of narcotics investigations and arrests.
"You can't have narcotics officers being there for a continuing period of time where they are involved with large amounts of money, large amounts of drugs and very little oversight," he said.
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