Cop in risque photo accused of wrongful arrests

SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA - September 21, 2011

But the more serious allegations involve three plaintiffs who filed federal lawsuits for police wrongful arrests and brutality.

The mayor's office says Geovanni Tanner has been awarded $275,000, Darnell Jackson $125,000, and Taleah Bryant $25,000.

"Any officer involved in a lawsuit, particularly if it pertains to verbal abuse, physical abuse, what have you, is a concern to us," Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross said.

Government sources tell Action News Carter served a 20-day suspension without pay several years ago after an altercation with a neighbor and making false statements to department investigators.

In 2008, Tanner alleged Carter beat him up and falsely arrested him outside a University City bar where he worked. Jackson accused her of similar conduct outside a septa bus and there are others.

"You have to evaluate each case on its own merit. And you just can't lump cases together because an officer has x number of complaints but we'd be remiss if we didn't look at them, but that applies to everyone in the department," Ross said.

We tried to question Carter at her home, but no one answered.

Ross says internal affairs and the commissioner will determine Carter's fate after their investigation is completed. When is unclear.

"We do not make snap judgments based on number of complaints; it's just something we are monitoring," Ross said.

Carter remains on her overnight shifts.

While the city has settled these lawsuits, they are not an admission of wrongdoing.

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