The Philadelphia police officer who allegedly deleted the video of a witness during an arrest has just been arrested by his own boys in blue because of the incident …
Officer Burnett – the Philly PD cop identified as the one who allegedly rubbed Jacob Giddings‘during a stop at a gas station in March – was arrested and brought to justice Wednesday on multiple counts … according to the Philadelphia DA office.
The prosecutor tells us that Burnett has been charged with tampering with evidence, attempted official oppression and obstructing justice. At this point, it’s unclear exactly how the arrest went – whether Burnett is surrendering or the cops are coming to arrest him.
Burnett was first put on administrative leave, launching an internal investigation, not to mention a civil action brought against him – and now … criminal charges against the officer.
Of course, the smoking gun appears to be the body camera video. You will remember … his the body camera was rolling as he tried to get Giddings out of the car – capturing what Giddings claims to be brutality and assault – and it also rolled around when he seemed to delete the video Giddings was taking of him as he approached detention and of the arrest. .
Giddings provided even more videos that he says help his case… featuring additional photos of other body cameras that show Burnett playing with the phone.
No word on whether Burnett pleaded or not. As for Philly PD … they say their commissioner, Danielle outlaw, suspended Burnett for 30 days – and plans to fire him entirely as soon as that is over. They also say he has been in the police force for 4 years.
Gidding’s lawyer, Mills of Donte of Mills & Edwards LLP, tells us, “This is what happens when we fight for each other. It’s more important than talking about change, it’s demanding action. Police officers arrested and held accountable never arrive – Let me correct that, never use happen. Now it is. Mills says Giddings was delighted when he heard the news.