2 Jewish cops sue Philly Police Department claiming anti-Semitic acts by district colleagues

November 20, 2018

By Staff

Two Jewish police officers have filed a federal lawsuit against the Philadelphia Police Department claiming a pattern of anti-Semitism by colleagues in their Fairmount district, including scratching a Nazi “SS” symbol into a locker and drawing a Star of David and the phrase “Hebrew Hammer” onto a door of a patrol car.

In the suit, Officer Stacey Gonzalez, a 21-year department veteran, and Officer Pavel Reznik, a Russian immigrant with 12 years on the force, alleged that “racist” comments and anti-Semitic acts by a female supervisor, Cpl. Karen Church, and more than 10 officers in the Ninth District headquarters at 401 N. 21st St., created an unsafe working environment and violated their civil rights.

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