Weird Twist in Scandal Involving Rogue Narcotics Unit at Philly PD

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

I have an update over at Hit & Run on the continuing saga of the corrupt Cujdik family of cops, and the Philly brass’s unwillingness to do anything to rein them in.

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11 Responses to “Weird Twist in Scandal Involving Rogue Narcotics Unit at Philly PD”

  1. #1 |  SJE | 

    Sounds like a frickin’ RICO case

  2. #2 |  Aresen | 

    If I tried to write that into a novel, it would be derided as “too unbelievable.”

  3. #3 |  Dave Krueger | 

    The link to the police union story in the Reason article is broken. Maybe it’s been removed.

  4. #4 |  Dave Krueger | 

    At least in Philly, if the “majority of cops are honorable law abiding public servants”, they would be threatening to walk off the job if the city didn’t clean these scum out of their department.

  5. #5 |  Bernard |

    Eyes that close together suggest some serious inbreeding.

  6. #6 |  skootercat | 

    I hope that these are the type of situations Sen. Webb’s Res. S.714 is set to deal with. Straightening the gang in blue out might be the biggest reform needed except for our War on Some Drugs. There is however quite the relationship between drug thugs and bad cops.

  7. #7 |  Danny | 

    I think this story illustrates a truth that has crept into my world view over time: some kind of symbiosis between government personnel and the criminal class is inevitable. Both cohorts are, at bottom, in the same business — leveraging fear of harm to obtain payment from the productive elements of the society.

    The state would lose is core domestic justification without a durable threat of criminal predation against the revenue-producing members of society. Thus, while the state has a keen interest in constantly “fighting” crime, it has no interest in effectively suppressing crime. The robust underworld culture of criminal behavior that is enriched by our supersized prison system, our illegal vice industry, and our widespread child poverty sustains a governmental law enforcement enterprise that is completely out of scale to the rest of our society. Our political leadership has absolutely no intention of allowing reforms that would facilitate a downscaling of our criminal justice apparatus to levels of comparably developed nations in other parts of the world.

    In this context, it should not come as a surprise that so many law enforcement officials are revealed to have the same mentality, and to engage in the same behaviors, as acknowledged criminal predators.

  8. #8 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    Actually, this is a big step forward for Police restraint in Philadelphia.

    They only tried to burn down Brian Westberry’s house instead of Fire Bombing the entire neighborhood.

  9. #9 |  Windy | 

    Cops and crooks come from the same mold, the only difference between them is which side the law they are (supposedly) working.

  10. #10 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    Cuj dik is a huge dick.
    Tru story.

  11. #11 |  Cynical in CA | 

    #7 | Danny

    Amen, Danny.

    No one will ever be able to persuade me that the present situation is better than anarchy.

    I’d take my chances on self-defense rather than have to suffer legally-sanctioned mafias any day.

    When one reads stories like this, the only conclusion is that society is fucked.