Crime

Cop Arrested For False Imprisonment Of Veteran Who Criticized His Driving (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Philadelphia police officer was charged Wednesday with false imprisonment after he yanked a man off the street for criticizing his driving.

Officer Kevin Corcoran, 33, was caught on dashcam picking up a man from a group of people near 13th and Lombard Streets at 2 a.m. on Mar. 31, 2013. The group was allegedly criticizing the cop for making an illegal turn in his patrol car.

Corcoran, in full uniform, got out of his car and yelled at the group, prompting someone to pull out a phone to record the encounter.

Witnesses claim Corcoran slapped the phone out of someone’s hands and then berated Roderick King, shouting, "Don't f***ing touch me."

The officer allegedly kept walking at King, "who was backing up with his hands out in front of him making no contact with the officer," according to the statement from the D.A.'s Office.

He then pushed King, threw him against an SUV, handcuffed him and put him in the back of the patrol car.

After a 16-minute drive, King told Corcoran that he was a veteran of the Iraq War, which prompted the officer to pull over and release him without charges at 13th and Rodman Streets.

Corcoran turned himself in and was charged with false imprisonment, obstructing administration of law and official oppression.

Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey says Corcoran is suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.

King sued the city over the incident in May, seeking $1 million in damages.

Sources: Philly.com, NBC10.com