Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Cop Files Civil Suit Against His Own Department

– Posted in: Legal/Political
Sgt. Ruff photo

We all know that cops protect cops, it’s called “the thin blue line”. It is used to cover up crimes by law enforcement and protect the perpetrators from prosecution, and it usually works; but what happens when one of the officers breaks ranks and tells the truth? What happens when HE becomes the victim of a rabid pack of wolves called “peace officers”?

Well, it happened to Sgt. Brandon Ruff, an eight year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, when he went to anonymously turn in some guns he had agreed to safely dispose of for an acquaintance in Philadelphia’s “no questions asked” policy for gun turn ins. While turning in the guns, Sgt. Ruff was attacked, assaulted, and threatened with a Taser before he could yell out a code informing the other officers that he was an officer himself.

An officer having something like this happen to him is in a very precocious spot. He knows what the officers are capable of if crossed, or even looked at wrong really, but he also knows what has happened is wrong. Many have simply quit their jobs, gave up their careers, and moved on in order to stay safe; but Sgt. Ruff is not quitting, not giving up, and definitely not cowering.

Instead, Sgt. Ruff has filed suit against his own department. In his filings Ruff states the violent acts against him, “were committed willfully, wantonly, maliciously, intentionally, outrageously, deliberately and/or by conduct so egregious as to shock the conscience.”

He goes on to say that there is widespread corruption within the department which tolerates, protects, and even encourages officers who “misrepresent facts in order to establish probable cause, and allows officers to have persons falsely arrested or maliciously prosecuted.”

These actions by Ruff can certainly make his life mirror his name, and he is certainly a hero for standing up and taking action rather than being silenced into submission. We need more courageous officers like Ruff speaking up and taking action. It is a very hard thing to do, but a very good example to set.

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