Officer Arrested for Allegedly Threatening Pedestrian After Minor Traffic Accident

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    Philadelphia Police

    A Philadelphia Police officer has been arrested for allegedly threatening a pedestrian after an minor early morning traffic accident last year.

    Officer Edward Sawicki, a 9 year veteran of the force assigned to the 25th District, was arrested on Wednesday following an investigation by Philadelphia Police's Internal Affairs Division.

    Police say Sawicki, who was off-duty at the time, was driving down the 100 block of S. 9th Street in the Bella Vista section of the city at 2:45 a.m. on Oct. 20, 2013, when he got into an accident involving a 37-year-old pedestrian.

    That pedestrian alleges the officer got out of his car, lifted his shirt to show a gun, rushed towards him and made a verbal threat while holing a hand on his gun holster, according to police. Police say the incident then ended without escalating further.

    The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office charged Sawicki with Terroristic Threats, Possession of an Instrument of Crime, Simple Assault, Harassment and Disorderly Conduct.

    He has been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.