PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES THE ARREST OF THREE PHILADELPHIA POLICE OFFICERS

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PHILADELPHIA (April 23, 2015) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today announced that he arrested three Philadelphia Police Officers, in three separate cases, for charges that include Animal Cruelty, Perjury and Theft.

“The vast majority of Philadelphia Police Officers are nothing short of good men and women who are dedicated to protecting the citizens of the City of Philadelphia within the law. Unfortunately, there are a few like these three officers, who have decided to break the law,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “Whether it be Animal Cruelty, Perjury, Theft or any other crime, our city deserves better then what Officers Roderick, Hulmes and Jackson have given us.”

Police Officer Roderick Walton was arrested today and charged with Cruelty to Animals. On December 15, 2014, the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) received an anonymous tip about an abused dog. A Humane Society police officer was sent to Walton’s home and was led to a damp and moldy back basement room where a Cane Corso called “Bear” was located. The dog was suffering from a broken leg and Walton admitted that the dog was “like that for a week.” The dog, who could not put weight on his broken leg, was dirty, musty and smelled of urine and mold. When asked why the dog was not taken to a veterinarian for treatment, Walton said that he was too busy. After “Bear” was examined he was found to be in severe pain and was humanely euthanized because of his condition. Walton (date of birth: February 26, 1965) was hired by the Philadelphia Police Department on August 26, 1991, and was assigned to the 14th Police District on January 3, 2001. He is currently on desk duty awaiting trial.

Police Officer Christopher Hulmes was arrested today and charged with Perjury, False Swearing, Unsworn Falsifications to Authorities, False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities, Tampering with Public Records and Information, and Obstructing Administration of Law or Other Governmental Function. On the evening of May 7, 2010, Officer Hulmes was assigned to the Narcotics Strike Force when he and his partner conducted a narcotics surveillance near H and Thayer Streets resulting in two narcotics arrests. Hulmes prepared the paperwork and affidavit of probable cause for subsequent search warrants. Hulmes testified on two separate occasions and made false statements under oath and on the police paperwork regarding the incident. Hulmes (date of birth: May 9, 1972) was hired by the Philadelphia Police Force in 1996 and assigned to the Narcotics Strike Force in 2000. He was temporarily re-assigned in August to desk duty at the Differential Police Response Unit.

Police Officer Christopher Jackson was arrested today and charged with Theft and Receiving Stolen Property. On April 13, 2013, Officer Jackson was transporting a witness to Philadelphia Police Headquarters to be interviewed by the Homicide Unit. At the time, the complainant was in possession of his Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. He was put in the rear of Jackson’s police vehicle after Jackson confiscated his cell phone. After being interviewed by the Homicide Unit, Jackson did not return the complainant’s cell phone or turn it over to detectives. A phone record search revealed that, thirteen days later, Jackson took the phone to his local mobile store and had it changed over to his account and phone number. Jackson (date of birth: April 2, 1984) was hired by the Philadelphia Police Department on February 13, 2006, and was assigned to the 25th Police District. He is currently on desk duty awaiting trial.

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