Cop charged with false imprisonment for allegedly cuffing Iraq vet

Officer Kevin Corcoran. Credit: PPD
Officer Kevin Corcoran. Credit: PPD

A year after an alleged incident near 13th and Lombard streets, a Philadelphia police officer has been charged with false imprisonment for allegedly cuffing an Iraq war veteran without cause, before releasing the man 15 minutes later.

Kevin Corcoran, 33, has been an officer for nearly a decade and is assigned to the 17th District.

According to prosecutors, Corcoran allegedly was on duty and driving by a group of people around 2 a.m. on March 31, 2013, when he got out of the car and confronted the group.

Prosecutors don’t say why Corcoran got out of his police car, but state that after members of the group told Corcoran that he had made an illegal U-turn, he got out of the vehicle and started “yelling at the group.”

One individual who was filming Corcoran with a cellphone allegedly had his phone slapped out of his hand, then Corcoran allegedly pushed the man, grabbed him by the chest, handcuffed him and placed him in the police vehicle.

This incident was reportedly filmed on cellphones by other members of the group, prosecutors said.

Corcoran allegedly drove off with the individual and told him that he was arresting him for public intoxication, but when the individual in question told Corcoran that he had never been arrested and was a veteran of the Iraq war, Corcoran returned the individual to 13th and Rodman streets, uncuffed him and let him out of the vehicle, according to prosecutors.

Corcoran turned himself in this morning.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has reportedly ordered Corcoran suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss, police said.

Past reports indicate that Corcoran has been questioned for his use of force before.

In 2010, City Paper ran a first-person account by writer Andrew Thompson, who stated that he witnessed Corcoran punch a drunk and belligerent man in the face, then hit him three times with a baton, then throw him into a garbage can, all in 2008 on the day that the city was celebrating the Phillies’ World Series win.

According to the report, a complaint filed against Corcoran over the incident with Internal Affairs was dismissed. In January 2009 Corcoran reportedly punched a man in a wheelchair in the face while patrolling Grays Ferry, but that incident was also reportedly deemed justified.

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