Female cops face a blue wall of silence when reporting sexual harassment

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Women officers are graduated from the Philadelphia Police Academy on October 9, 1976. (James A. Craig/Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA)

Women officers are graduated from the Philadelphia Police Academy on October 9, 1976. (James A. Craig/Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA)

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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross resigned last week after failing to address sexual harassment allegations filed by a female officer, with whom he allegedly had an affair. The incident illustrates a failure across police administration to address similar complaints for years. WHYY’s Nina Feldman and Ryan Briggs explain why this could be a sign of a systemic problem.

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