Police sergeant files suit accusing fellow officers

Posted: August 28, 2014

A Philadelphia police sergeant filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court Monday accusing fellow officers of assaulting and falsely arresting him.

Brandon Ruff, who has been with the department since 2006, said he was arrested and punished "in retaliation for his engaging in protected speech and to prevent him from engaging in such speech in the future, all of which would have been personally and politically embarrassing to all defendants," according to the suit.

Ruff does not specify in the suit what statements he has made that would have triggered an alleged angry and violent response from within the department.

On Aug. 3, the suit said, Ruff was given a bag of three guns by a friend who had bought them in the neighborhood for the purpose of taking them off the street, according to the suit.

Ruff allegedly tried to turn them in at the 35th Police District on North Broad Street in the city's Ogontz section and was met with hostility from officers there.

An escalating series of events led to his being placed in custody outside the station, with two officers threatening him with Tasers.

At one point an officer allegedly shouted at Ruff: "You are a disgrace to me, this department, and the 35th District! You do not belong on the job!"

The next day Ruff sought treatment at Chestnut Hill Hospital for two wrist sprains and two shoulder sprains, according to the suit.

He was being investigated by Internal Affairs and was placed on desk duty, the suit said.

A spokeswoman for the department said she could not comment on pending litigation.


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