A Philadelphia police officer has been charged with attempted theft and other counts for allegedly falsifying arrest paperwork to give credit – and potential overtime pay – to a fellow cop who didn't participate in the arrests, according to police.
Bryan Turner, 29, a seven-year veteran of the force, was arrested Thursday on charges of attempted theft by deception, unsworn falsifying, obstructing justice, and official oppression, according to police. He has been suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss, said Capt. Sekou Kinebrew, police spokesman.
Kinebrew said that Turner, who had been assigned to the 24th District — which covers parts of Kensington, Port Richmond, and Juniata Park — added the name of the other officer to two DUI arrest papers in 2017. The addition could have generated a court notice for the other officer, Kinebrew said, which could have enabled that officer — whom Kinebrew did not identify — to earn overtime pay for showing up in court.
There was no evidence that the other officer was aware of the situation, said Kinebrew, and the second officer, who was on Turner's squad, was not charged.
Turner's attorney, Melissa Boyd Freeman, said Turner "did not include [the officer's] name in a way that would have generated overtime income for that officer." She said Turner intended to fight the charges but declined to comment further.