- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A federal jury has finished its first half-day of deliberations in a police corruption case involving six former members of a Philadelphia drug squad.

The defendants are accused of stealing more than $400,000 from suspects, searching homes and cars without warrants, beating people and lying to win convictions.

Their lawyers have attacked the credibility of the government witnesses. Only one defendant testified.

The case is built largely on the testimony of disgraced former officer Jeffrey Walker. He has pleaded guilty and admits stealing cash and drugs on the job.

The jury also heard from a string of drug dealers who say they were victimized.

Scores of drug convictions have been overturned in the wake of the Justice Department’s 2014 racketeering indictment against the defendants.

The jury is to return Friday.

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