Judge: Disclose undercover officers in Philly KKK melee
A Philadelphia judge yesterday ordered prosecutors to disclose the identities of two police undercover officers involved in an altercation last year with antiracism activists who thought the officers were skinheads attending a Ku Klux Klan rally.
Municipal Court Judge Marsha H. Neifield said she was concerned with the safety of undercover police officers in the scuffle at Center City’s Love Park. But the judge said she was also offended that police did not even anonymously mention the presence of the two officers in reports filed after four antiracism activists were arrested.
Without that information, which she said was mandatory to disclose, it was impossible for defense attorneys to argue that the officers – and not the activists – precipitated the July 23, 2007, altercation.