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Less than one week after six police officers were shot, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross has resigned, effectively immediately. According to reports, the commissioner ignored a sexual harassment complaint from a police corporal, who also had a previous affair with the commissioner.

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Mayor Jim Kenney did not address that specific allegation in a news release announcing the departure, five days after he had proclaimed Ross “the best police commissioner in America.”

Instead, he said that Ross had not adequately responded to allegations of racial and sexual discrimination within the department, which were included in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint and lawsuit filed by Cpl. Audra McCowan — the woman who alleged the affair — and Officer Jennifer Allen.

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As part of our annual recertification training, one day was blocked for sexual harassment “training.” The entire class consisted on some lieutenant (who really loved the subject matter) reminding us again, again, and again that the mayor and the commissioner were making this a hot button issue.

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Mayor Kenney is married and living with another married woman. Commissioner Ross “allegedly” had an affair with one of his officers. But please, remind me again about this hot button issue.

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According to the complaint, McCowan texted and called Ross in February to tell him about a male colleague who repeatedly sexually harassed her.

The complaint says that Ross responded by asking, “So why don’t you just order his dumb ass to go sit down and get out of your face?” During the same conversation, McCowan alleges, Ross said he would “school” her on sexual harassment — and that he was standing in the way of her complaints getting addressed “in retribution for breaking off their two-year affair” between 2009 and 2011.

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When you read the laughs, try to do so in a Heath Ledger voice.

For years, officers in the department kept telling us how Ross was a stand-up guy, and how he was very pro-police. Sadly, Ross was the exact opposite. Under his “leadership,” the department pivoted away from stopping crime and focused upon jamming up cops for the most minute infractions.

Ross was also the man who decided we would wait out the man who shot six police officers, instead of letting SWAT hit the house and drag his ass outside. I mean, who doesn’t want a commander who worries more about a gun-toting felon than his own troops?

So, no, I will not miss Ross, nor will I shed one tear about his predicament. Good riddance.

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7 thoughts on “HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

  1. That is good stuff. When will people learn that dipping their pen in the company ink usually ends up bad. Especially when one is a high level employee and one is not.

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  2. William – I’ll guarantee there will be another sexual harassment class next year because of this. Maybe they should pack the class with supervisors?

    Ingineer66 – That’s the problem; they never learn. Ross is neither the first nor the last boss to get in trouble for this. Look, I couldn’t care less what bosses do in their spare time, but spare me the sanctimony when one of us lower level peons get in trouble.

    By the way, it’s funny how bosses can simply retire, when a lesser-ranked officer would surely be fired.

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  3. I started reading through the complaint. I didn’t have the stomach for 104 pages, but the point was made. Who knows how it will end up, but I was surprised the deputy commissioner, named in the suit as well, got promoted to be the new commissioner. She’s certainly a serious looker. (Oops, did I say that?) Sounds like the whole lot of them needs throwing out. I have one of my own “True Detective” stories I’ll have to write one day about an armed and barricaded suspect who wasn’t just left alone, but the idiot in charge let him stay in the place and keep his gun, telling all the cops to clear the area. That was the straw that broke this camel’s back and made me leave police work. I feel for you having to work in a place filled with these kinds of people. I pity the people of Philadelphia.

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  4. RG – Yeah, we were all surprised as well, but she fills all the SJW check marks. Apparently she is supposed to be the interim commissioner until the new commissioner is back from vacation. That’s the scuttlebutt anyway.

    Ronni – I still can’t get past the severity of the sexual harassment training. Thee guy was committing offenses and demanding the rest of us take the classes. Such a joke.

    Charles – Go away. I think the LAPD needs a new guy. Go ruin that department.

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