Philadelphia police commissioner abruptly resigns

Richard Ross

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross speaks during a news conference at City Hall in Philadelphia, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. A gunman, identified as Maurice Hill, wounded six police officers before surrendering early Thursday, after a 7 ½-hour standoff.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia’s police commissioner abruptly resigned Tuesday. His resignation comes a day after a woman in the department claimed in a lawsuit that he ignored her claim of another officer’s sexual harassment because she broke off a two-year affair with Ross in 2011.

Commissioner Richard Ross stepped down amid new allegations of sexual harassment as well as gender and racial discrimination.

His resignation is related to a federal civil lawsuit filed by two black female police officers, who claim they endured groping, verbal harassment and racial discrimination.

Ross himself is not accused of any wrong doing.

Deputy commissioner Christine Coulter was named acting commissioner while a search for a permanent replacement takes place.

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