Every year, the Philadelphia Police Department receives scores of brutality lawsuits. But it is unusual for a police officer to make those charges.
In a suit filed earlier this week, the unthinkable happened. Sgt. Brandon Ruff filed charges against the department.
Ruff claims he was roughed up by seven officers from the 35th District when he attempted to anonymously turn in three handguns at the precinct. Ruff, who says he suffered two sprained wrists and two sprained shoulders in the fracas, filed suit in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.
Ruff, an eight-year veteran assigned to the 16th precinct, said the acts of the 35th District officers “were committed willfully, wantonly, maliciously, intentionally, outrageously, deliberately and/or by conduct so egregious as to shock the conscience.”
In his civil suit, Ruff said the City of Philadelphia encourages and is deliberately indifferent to the abuse of police powers. Ruff also accuses the city of tolerating officers who misinterpret facts in order to establish probable cause, and allows officers to have people falsely arrested or maliciously prosecuted.
Ruff is currently under investigation by Internal Affairs in connection with the incident.
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