Philly Cop Shoots Himself, Blames Non-Existent Black Suspect, And Still Won’t Go to Jail!

One People’s Project

Maybe everyone else might want to try and gloss this over, but we sure as hell won’t.

Here’s the deal: back in April, Sgt. Robert Ralston claimed that he was shot by a robbery suspect while on patrol in West Philadelphia, or to make it more nuanced, a black man with cornrows and a mark or tattoo under his left eye. Anyone who deals with police brutality issues regularly, and particularly with how cops act when their own get shot, knows what happened next. An all-out manhunt went down. This is the same police department who can see nothing wrong in pulling people out of cars and collectively beating them down while news helicopters tape the scene, or with bum-rushing a baby shower and assaulting attendees while looking for a suspect that wasn’t there, or even with dropping a bomb on a city block because they are pissed off at a few political activists (May 12th was the 25th anniversary of the infamous MOVE bombing). So Philly’s all-out manhunts tend to be a problem, especially where shot-up cops are concerned.

The problem is the story was BS. The cop shot himself. Why, no one knows, but they are going to show him, yes sirree bob! The Philadelphia Police Department is going to show the world that they will not tolerate anyone sullying the uniform in any size, shape or form, not to mention cause something that takes the time, money, and manpower away from dealing with real crime. They are going to really, really fire this guy. That’ll show him.

What? You say he should be arrested and charged just like anyone else who would pull some crap like this? Oh, yeah, see, there’s a problem with that. To get him to admit to shooting himself, they had to grant him immunity. IMMUNITY! Here’s an idea. If anyone got hassled by the police because of Sgt. (you know what, let’s call him “Mr.”) Ralston’s lie, Mr. Ralston should be sued. Hell, Mr. Ralston might be looking at a class action lawsuit given the Philly PD’s rep. That doesn’t get prosecutors off the hook though. Someone has to explain to the city why the hell it was important, while the story was unfolding, to offer immunity to get to the truth. Because never mind the racial tensions this case has raised: this just made it even more evident that police officers are above the law in the City of Philadelphia.