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Resource ID: #18802
Subject: Police
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Date: 2001-03-25



Through conversations with off-duty police officers and others willing to talk, the staff of the Inquirer discovered that in 1998 a Philadelphia Police chief of Homicide drove drunk, crashed his car, and went along with a cover up instituted by another officer. Captain James Brady was found by a patrol officer after an evening of drinking, having already crashed his car into another vehicle. When Lieutenant Joseph DiLacqua came to the scene he ordered two patrol officers to find out what Brady had hit, and later ordered one to make it appear as if Brady crashed into a pillar. The cover-up was eventually discovered by an internal investigation, but the officers only received the minimum punishment of a 20 day suspension without pay. After the Inquirer's story Brady was transferred to a night command, the commissioner changed disciplinary policy for top officers, and the district attorney began an investigation to see if criminal charges should be filed.

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