Pa. police commissioner confirmation urged after racist letter

    A Democratic state senator says a racist, anonymous letter sent to the Cumberland County home of the acting Pennsylvania State Police commissioner raises troubling questions.

    Philadelphia Democratic Senator Vincent Hughes is denouncing a letter sent to Acting Commissioner Marcus Brown that used a racial epithet.

    The letter was received by Brown on Monday evening.

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    Hughes says such tactics can’t be tolerated, and he’s calling for Brown’s Senate confirmation.

    “I hope that we will have enough senators, Democrat and Republican senators, to stand behind him,” Hughes said. “Because standing behind him is not just about him now, it has become more about the principles that we should be about in this state.”

    Republicans, who control the Senate, have signaled Brown might not pass a confirmation vote.Brown has been taking heat from active and retired troopers over his decision to wear a State Police uniform despite never attending the academy in Hershey.

    He has said he wants to increase the State Police’s racial diversity.

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