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Black Philadelphia Officer Ties Firing to BLM Support, Bias Suit

Sept. 15, 2020, 4:59 PM

Philadelphia subjected a Black police officer to a wave of bias and retaliation—including an undesirable transfer, bogus investigation, and false criminal charges—and ultimately terminated him for his social media posts supporting Black Lives Matter, a new federal lawsuit says.

Bryan Turner says the backlash, racial discrimination, and harassment he faced while a member of the Philadelphia Police Department was also spurred by his opposition to Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby’s public statements.

McNesby allegedly called one BLM organizer a “two-bit punk,” and referred to a group of mostly Black protesters during a “Back the Blue” counter-protest as “a...

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