Philly police investigate detective they say may have been at Jan. 6 Trump rally


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A Philadelphia police detective was allegedly at President Donald Trump's rally in Washington, D.C., last week. Now the department is working to find out whether or not she was involved in any of the deadly violence that followed at the Capitol.

According to a statement from a police department spokesman, social media posts indicate the officer may have been at the rally on Jan. 6. However, police have not confirmed if the officer took part in the mob of Trump supporters that stormed the Capitol.

"An (Internal Affairs Bureau) investigation has been opened to determine if any PPD polices were violated by the detective, and if they participated in any illegal activities while in attendance," reads the statement.

The detective had been working in the recruiting unit. She has not been charged with any crimes, but she has been reassigned, "pending the outcome of the investigation."

The Fraternal Order of Police made a response to the investigation.

"Our detective traveled to Washington, D.C., this week on her day off and exercised her First Amendment rights to attend an event. We believe she has done nothing wrong, and we await the results of a complete, internal review," FOP Lodge No. 5 President John McNesby said. "We strongly condemn the violence and loss of life at the Capitol and hope those responsible will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

In a statement, Mayor Jim Kenney said he fully supports “the rights of all citizens — including our City employees — to exercise their First Amendment right to free speech. But equally important issues are raised when any demonstrators break the law, and it is clear that hundreds of people did so last Wednesday in the abhorrent incursion of the U.S. Capitol.”

He continued, “We are specifically looking at whether that individual joined in the lawbreaking and violence. I sincerely hope that is not the case — I hope good judgment prevailed. But rest assured that should this individual or any City worker be implicated in criminal activity as a result of that demonstration, he or she will be disciplined up to and including termination.

“Any resulting investigations would not lose sight of the right to engage in First Amendment-protected activity.”

Law enforcement and fire departments around the country, from place including New York City; Seattle; Rocky Mount, Virginia; and Sanford, Florida, are conducting similar internal investigations.

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