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It's Too Damn Hard to Convict Awful Cops

The latest outrageous acquittal, this time in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, left, FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Edward Hanko, center, and United States Attorney Zane David Memeger, appear at a 2014 news conference announcing that six Philadelphia narcotics officers had been indicted on charges they spent years using gangland tactics against alleged drug dealers. All six officers were acquitted Thursday.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, left, FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Edward Hanko, center, and United States Attorney Zane David Memeger, appear at a 2014 news conference announcing that six Philadelphia narcotics officers had been indicted on charges they spent years using gangland tactics against alleged drug dealers. All six officers were acquitted Thursday. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

This morning, a federal jury stunned Philadelphia and acquitted six city narcotics officers accused of violently robbing suspected drug dealers of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Victims were allegedly brutally assaulted and even hung over balconies, according to the indictment.

Throughout the trial, lead defense lawyer Jack McMahon attacked the alleged victims' credibility (calling them "bags of trash" and "despicable liars") and that of former officer Jeffrey Walker, a narcotics cop arrested separately who pleaded guilty and testified against his former colleagues.