Sunday, December 21, 2014

Philly cop, Corbett's son-in-law, booted from force

Gerald Gibson, a veteran Philadelphia police narcotics officer, was suspended Friday by Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.

Philly cop, Corbett's son-in-law, booted from force

In this Jan. 18, 2011 photo, Philadelphia narcotics police officer Gerold Gibson sits in attendance of his father-in-law Gov. Tom Corbett´s gubernatorial inauguration at the state capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Several media outlets citing anonymous sources are reporting Corbett´s son-in-law is under investigation by the FBI and internal police investigators.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
In this Jan. 18, 2011 photo, Philadelphia narcotics police officer Gerold Gibson sits in attendance of his father-in-law Gov. Tom Corbett's gubernatorial inauguration at the state capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Several media outlets citing anonymous sources are reporting Corbett's son-in-law is under investigation by the FBI and internal police investigators. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) AP

Gerald Gibson, a veteran Philadelphia police narcotics officer, was suspended Friday by Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.

Gibson, the son-in-law of Gov. Corbett, was taken off the street on Jan. 31, the same day he was allegedly caught on camera stealing $140 from a car he believed had been seized during a drug raid.

Police sources previously told the Daily News that the money had been treated with a glow-in-the-dark chemical and hidden in the vehicle by investigators from the FBI and the Police Department’s IMPACT Unit.

Gibson, 43, was asked to drive the vehicle — which had been equipped by the FBI with video surveillance equipment — to the narcotics unit’s headquarters in East Division.

Sources said Gibson “lit up like a Christmas tree” when he was put in a darkened room after allegedly taking the chemically-treated cash.

Several fellow cops had expressed concerns as far back as last spring that Gibson, a 17-year veteran of the force, had been stealing money, clothing and other items during narcotics investigations, the sources said.

No charges have been filed against Gibson.

Ramsey said Friday that he believes the District Attorney’s Office will review the case.

Richard DeSipio, Gibson’s attorney, said Gibson is innocent.

He noted that Internal Affairs investigators told him Friday that they hadn’t reviewed the video of the alleged theft.

“I literally almost fell out of my chair,” DeSipio said. “You’re asking this man for his badge and gun and you’re not going to pay him based on a video you haven’t seen. It’s bizarre.”

When told of DeSipio’s claim, Ramsey said: “I’ve seen the video, and it’s enough to sustain the allegation.”

Gibson’s wife, Katherine, works as a deputy attorney general in Philadelphia. She told the Daily News last month that the couple had separated.

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