Sgt. Brandon Ruff, an eight-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police force, filed a police brutality lawsuit against his own Department on Monday. Ruff says that he was assaulted by seven officers when he attempted to anonymously turn three handguns in to the 35th district department. Ruff works in the 16th district, so many of the officers in the building did not recognize him at the time.
In his lawsuit, Ruff said that the acts of violence “were committed willfully, wantonly, maliciously, intentionally, outrageously, deliberately and/or by conduct so egregious as to shock the conscience.”
Ruff said that he was turning the guns in to the police department because a neighbor asked him to and he felt that taking care of things like this was a part of his job.
When he was off duty he made sure that the guns were unloaded and took them a local police department. When he arrived he turned the guns in and said that he was delivering them to the precinct under a “no-questions-asked” policy and said that he wished to speak with a supervisor. After waiting for an extended period of time for a supervisor to appear, Ruff told someone in the office that he would be stepping outside to make a phone call.
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Just as he was stepping outside, someone shouted “there he is,” and at that moment a group of officers surrounded him. One of the officers came up behind Ruff and twisted his right hand behind his back, while two others held Tasers to his chest and rib cage and threatened to activate them.
When he was able to react, Ruff used a code number to identify himself as a police officer and said that his ID was in his pocket, the lawsuit states. Ruff was then arrested and held for 6 hours until he was finally released. After he was released, the Philadelphia police department opened up an internal investigation on him and reassigned him to desk duty.
Ruff also alleges rampant corruption in his lawsuit and states that the police department as a whole encourages and tolerates officers who "misrepresent facts in order to establish probable cause, and allows officers to have persons falsely arrested or maliciously prosecuted."
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