Philadelphia police officer charged after allegedly deleting arrest video

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A Philadelphia police officer who dragged a man out of his car at a gas station has been charged after he allegedly went into the victim’s phone and deleted a video recording of the arrest.

Officer Tyree Burnett has been charged with tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice, and official oppression stemming from the March 23 traffic stop, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

In body cam video previously obtained by CBS 3, Burnett can be seen approaching Jacob Giddings at the gas station around 10:20 p.m. According to Giddings’ attorney, Burnett told Giddings to get out of the car, but would not tell him why.

Giddings refused, at which point Burnett began to pull him out of the car as Giddings recorded the incident on his phone.

“There’s tampering with evidence here and it kills,” one of Giddings’ lawyers, Lennon Edwards, told CBS 3 last month. “It harms. It harms the community.”

The body cam footage shows Burnett pick up Giddings’ phone and appears to delete the recording.

Burnett, a four-year veteran of the force, has been suspended for 30 days and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said she plans to “dismiss” him at the end of the suspension, according to CBS 3.

A spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police Department did not immediately return a request for comment.

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