March 25, 2009

Life Imitates "The Wire"

Yes, there's a real-life Omar, on trial in Philly:

An admitted drug kingpin testifying for the government in the second trial of alleged rogue Philadelphia cop Malik Snell identified Snell in a federal courtroom yesterday as the cop who robbed him of $40,000 in December 2007.

But Snell's attorney questioned the credibility of drug dealer Ricardo Mc-Kendrick Jr.'s testimony, pointing to a major discrepancy between what he said yesterday and earlier grand-jury testimony.

Snell, 36, an 11-year veteran of the force assigned to the 18th District in West Philadelphia, was fired last year.

I was wondered that about Omar on "The Wire"- what if the cops caught him red-handed stealing from drug dealers? Would they indict or try him? Is stealing illegal drugs from illegal drug dealers actually a crime, or is it cancelled out? I guess now we have the answer.

Posted by Stephen Silver at March 25, 2009 04:57 PM
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