Why it’s hard to permanently fire a Philly cop

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About 200 protesters gather at Philadelphia police headquarters to call for action against police officers who posted racist comments on Facebook. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

About 200 protesters gather at Philadelphia police headquarters to call for action against police officers who posted racist comments on Facebook. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross vowed to fire some of his officers involved in a scandal over offensive Facebook posts — but whether those firings stick isn’t up to him. Max Marin, a reporter for WHYY’s Billy Penn, explains why there’s a good chance those cops will get their jobs back.

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