Philadelphia Police Officer, Michael Kennedy Indicted on False Statement and Obstruction Charges
PHILADELPHIA (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Michael Kennedy, 49, of Philadelphia, PA, was charged by Indictment with six counts of making materially false statements to the FBI, one count of obstruction of justice, and one count of conspiracy to make a false statement.
According to the Indictment, the defendant participated in the execution of a Philadelphia Police Department search warrant while on duty as a police officer. During the execution of that warrant, Kennedy is alleged to have pocketed evidence, that is, cash proceeds of drug trafficking that was on a nightstand. Subsequently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigated reports that Kennedy stole this cash. The Indictment alleges that the defendant, when interviewed by FBI agents and Philadelphia Police Department Task Force Officers, made a number of false statements about the incident. The Indictment further alleges that the defendant obstructed justice by corruptly persuading another Philadelphia Police Department officer, and conspiring with that officer, to lie to the FBI about the incident in order to create an alibi and corroborate Kennedy’s false statements.
“The charges against Officer Kennedy allege behavior that is in stark contrast to values police officers are supposed to embody,” said Acting U.S.