Former Philly narcotics charged by the feds with corruption are, clockwise from left: Thomas Liciardello, Perry Betts, Norman Linwood, Brian Reynolds, John Speiser and Michael Spicer. Credit: PPD
The former Philly cops alleged to have robbed and beaten drug dealers over six years were brought cuffed and in inmate jumpsuits into federal court Monday for a crowded hours-long bail hearing.
Two former officers were held in federal detention, three were released on bail into house arrest, and one's hearing was delayed to Tuesday.
Michael Spicer, who allegedly smashed one dealer's teeth out with a sledgehammer, was held in detention despite attorney James Binns arguments that the 19-year veteran cop was not a threat to the public.
"We vehemently protest our innocence," Binns said at the hearing. "I'm gonna walk him out as a not guilty hero police officer because that's what he is."
A federal magistrate judge ruled against Spicer and ordered him held until trial in the federal detention center.
Thomas Liciardello was also held in detention. Linwood Norman, who prosecutors called an "enforcer" of the crew, Brian Reynolds and Perry Betts were released to house arrest. John Speiser's hearing was adjourned to Tuesday.
The six former narcotics officers were charged by federal prosecutors last week with corruption.
Federal prosecutors say the officers stole over $500,000 from drug dealers between 2006 and 2012, sometimes under the guise of lawful police actions.