Philadelphia Police Officer Charged After Body Cam Footage Caught Him Deleting Video of Arrest

Body camera video from a Philadelphia police officer allegedly shows him deleting an arrest video from a person’s phone, officials said. (Philadelphia Police Dept. / CBS 3 News)

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.

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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Kate Feldman