Another Disgraced Cop Rehired Via Arbitration

David Gambacorta reports that Philly Police officer Jeffery Cujdik is back on the force, after his firing in May ” following a long-running Internal Affairs investigation into allegations that the veteran cop lied on search warrants and had an inappropriate relationship with an informant – and then lied about both to investigators.” The allegations were first reported in the Philly Daily News’ series Tainted Justice, which detailed corruption among Philadelphia Narcotics Task Force officers.

Commissioner Charles Ramsey, who terminated Cujdik last Spring, said of the Abritrator’s recommendation to rehire: “The rationale behind it, I’m told, was the age of the case, the fact that the District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office had declined prosecution, and the credibility of the witnesses in this case.”

The Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission recently released its annual report, which highlighted flaws in the arbitration process, which returns almost 80% of fired officers to their jobs, in most cases with lost pay. Cudjik will not receive back pay, and will have a 30-day suspension sustained on his department record.

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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