May 12th, 2010 10:05 AM
Philly LEO shot self - ON PURPOSE
What a maroon! To bad he didn't shoot another part of his anatomy... Hopefully this fool doesn't breed.
Philadelphia cop intentionally shot himself, commissioner says - CNN.com
Philadelphia cop intentionally shot himself, commissioner says
By Deborah Brunswick, CNN
May 11, 2010 7:40 p.m. EDT
Sgt. Robert Ralston's claim that an assailant shot him sparked a search for a phantom suspect.
(CNN) -- A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, police officer who told authorities he was shot while on patrol last month has admitted he shot himself intentionally, the city's police commissioner said Tuesday.
Sgt. Robert Ralston, 46, confessed to police early Tuesday morning that he made up the story, possibly to a get attention or a transfer, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said in a news conference.
Ralston reported that on April 5 he saw two African-American males arguing on a train track in West Philadelphia. He told investigators that when he stopped the two men for questioning one of them pulled out a gun and shot him in the left shoulder.
His claim sparked a search for a phantom suspect.
Ramsey noted that there were many inconsistencies throughout the month-long investigation.
"The evidence never did match up. We have forensic evidence at the scene that did not match with the story," he said.
One example of inconsistent evidence was that the gunpowder residue found on Ralston's shirt matched the ammunition used by the police department, he said.
The commissioner said that Ralston, who is white, told police his attackers were black because the district where the shooting took place is predominately black.
"It's troubling in a lot of ways," Ramsey said. "It inflames racial tensions in our community, and that's certainly something we don't need."
Ralston, a 21-year veteran of the police force, will be made to pay the cost of the investigation that followed his report, and has been suspended with the intent to dismiss, Ramsey said.
He will not, however, face criminal charges because police granted him immunity to obtain his confession.
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May 12th, 2010 10:16 AM
Not the first time a Cop has shot himself to get attention
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
--Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .
May 12th, 2010 10:19 AM
Yep. It has happened locally a couple of times in the past couple of years. Not unlike firemen starting fires and then putting them out to be the "hero". The cops and firemen who do it always get caught. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
Originally Posted by dukalmighty
May 12th, 2010 11:00 AM
And that there should be the DC quote of the month.
Originally Posted by TheGreatGonzo
May 12th, 2010 11:16 AM
That is, well, incredibly bizarre..............
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May 12th, 2010 03:06 PM
Originally Posted by SIXTO
"Killers who are not deterred by laws against murder are not going to be deterred by laws against guns. " - Robert A. Levy
"A license to carry a concealed weapon does not make you a free-lance policeman." - Florida Div. of Licensing
May 12th, 2010 04:25 PM
...and the motion carries
Originally Posted by SIXTO
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May 12th, 2010 04:31 PM
Looks like he got his transfer, right out of the job.
21 years on the job and he forgot what every background investigator tells applicants, "Don't lie, law enforcement officers need to be trusted, if you lie we will find out." Kind of disappointed he won't face charges for it, but at least he has to pay back the Department for what he cost them, hopefully it doesn't make things too much worse for the honest guys on the street in that neighborhood.
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May 12th, 2010 10:54 PM
It seems that there is one in every barrel!
You can educate ignorance, you can't fix stupid
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May 13th, 2010 08:01 AM
What a shame to waste 21 years of a career for nothing. He definitely needs to see someone for mental counselling for sure.
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May 16th, 2010 12:10 AM
that may have been what he was aiming for(no pun intended). self inflicted wounds often are a sign that the person needs to see a mental health professional.
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