A police officer in Philadelphia is under investigation for allegedly deleting a witness’ mobile phone video at a crime scene.
Officer Tyree Burnett was arrested and charged Wednesday by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office in connection with the March incident.
An officer was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a woman while on duty.
The incident occurred on March 23, according to 6abc.com, but Tyree Burnett was arrested on Wednesday.
According to sources, Jacob Giddings and three companions were seated in the car when Officer Burnett arrived and demanded identification before forcing the door open.
Lennon Edwards, Burnett’s lawyer, claims that his client informed the officer that he was going to record him harassing them. “As soon as he says that, the police starts pulling him out of the truck, and you see his phone drop,” Edwards explained.
Burnett then handcuffs Giddings and removes their phones, apparently deleting the video recording of the entire incident. Because his actions were recorded on tape, it appears that the cop forgot he was wearing a body cam.
In addition, the officer was wanted for a previous incident that occurred in November 2020.
Tyree Burnett is currently facing charges of tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice, and government oppression.
It is no secret that police in the community have been a problem for many years, and it appears that some officers continue to overstep their bounds. This will change sooner rather than later.