Philadelphia Police Commissioner Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations in the Department

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Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross. (@phillypolice / Facebook)

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross has resigned following new allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment against female officers in the department.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said he accepted Ross’s resignation on August 20, according to a news release. Ross, who is Black, was hired by the Philadelphia Police Department in 1989 and was appointed commissioner in January 2016. Kenney said he was “grateful” for Ross’s “many years of dedicated service to our City, and the many reforms he brought to the Department.” The mayor then went on to say, “New leadership will help us continue to reform the Department and show that racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination simply will not be tolerated.”

“New allegations of sexual harassment as well as gender and racial discrimination among the rank and file have recently been brought to my attention. While those allegations do…

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