Ramsey Defends Not Dismissing Officers Accused of Coverup


Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey’s decision to suspend and transfer two police bigwigs for their role in quashing an arrest for a friend had plenty of cops seething that favoritism was at play, says the Philadelphia Daily News. “It’s a joke, a crime, that these guys are getting away with this,” said a police source. Ramsey suspended Inspector Aaron Horne and Capt. John McCloskey for 30 days without pay for allegedly covering up a covering up a scuffle between two patrol cops and the 22-year-old grandson of a retired police captain.

Ramsey said he considered Horne’s and McCloskey’s “complimentary history” in deciding their discipline, which he noted was the most serious he could levy short of dismissal. “I think it was a mistake,” Ramsey said. “The intent was not to commit a crime, and all that has to be taken into consideration. There’s some people who agree, and some people who disagree, and there is only one person who had to make that decision. Me. If I had to make my decisions by polls, I wouldn’t get much done.”

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