White Cop Lied About Black Assailant

Philadelphia sergeant purposely shot himself in the shoulder
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2010 6:42 PM CDT
White Cop Lied About Black Assailant
A police officer's tale of being shot falls apart in Philadelphia.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A white police sergeant in Philadelphia has admitted that he made up a story about being shot by a black assailant and instead purposely shot himself in the shoulder, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. "There's some speculation he did it to get attention, or to get transferred," said the city's police chief, who called it a "terrible and embarrassing chapter in our history."

Sgt. Robert Ralston originally said that after he stopped two men for questioning, one pulled a gun and aimed at his head. He said when he knocked the gun away, it went off and grazed him. That set off a huge manhunt before the details of Ralston's story fell apart, notes AP. Ralston has been suspended and is expected to be fired. The 21-year veteran won't face criminal charges, but he must reimburse the city for the cost of the manhunt.
(Read more Philadelphia stories.)

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