Philadelphia cop under fire for alleged traffic stop extortion

A Philadelphia police officer is in hot water after a video surfaced of him allegedly trying to extort a driver during a traffic stop. 

In the video, the officer told the driver he would not impound his vehicle if the driver bought tickets to a police-sponsored event. 

“Uh you and your friend got any money, buy these thrill show tickets, support the police department, 10 bucks each man,” the officer is seen saying in the video. 

Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Charles Ramsey expressed disappointment with the situation. 

“He’s not a rookie,” Ramsey said. “He’s not a rookie. He is 32 years of age. He is an adult. He is a grown man. More importantly he is a police officer and that position alone. I mean, this should tell you this is not what you do.”

The man who shot the video said he was shocked and never thought his video would get this level of attention. 

The driver said he paid $30 during the traffic stop, and it did not stop there. The officer also appeared to making homophobic slurs in the video. 

The police commissioner said the officer in question is on desk duty while internal affairs looks at the case. 

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