By Daniel Denvir (City Paper)
The Philadelphia Police Department today confirmed that Officer Patrick Banning, the partner of a narcotics officer under investigation after admitting to lying under oath, was taken off the street on Aug. 8 and assigned to desk duty, pending an Internal Affairs investigation.
City Paper revealed on Aug. 6 that the partner, Officer Christopher Hulmes, admitted during a December 2011 hearing to lying — on a search-warrant application and in open court — in a drug and gun case involving Arthur Rowland. Banning’s name appears on the 2010 search-warrant application for Rowland’s car and a home where he apparently resided. Both Banning and Hulmes have been assigned to administrative work in the Differential Police Response Unit, a frequent holding pen for officers under review.