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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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