Philly police union suing city officials over 'Do Not Call' list

Kristen Johanson
November 13, 2018 - 6:44 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia's police union is suing the city's district attorney, mayor, and police commissioner over the so-called 'Do Not Call' list, claiming it violates officer's privacy and due process rights.  

Mayor Jim Kenney, District Attorney Larry Krasner and Police Commissioner Richard Ross were are named in the suit filed by Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, which represents more than 6,000 police officers. Lawyers for the union say they have been exchanging individual personnel files related to the so-called 'Do Not Call' list. 

Attorney Ralph J. Teti says it violates certain rights.

"Including their ability to perform their functions that the citizens of Philadelphia expect them to perform, and the harm to their reputation, and frankly their due process rights to have some kind of finding or justification," he said.

He says the union wants the court to put a process in place for how files are reviewed, in order to protect the officer's names and reputations.

"We don't know what they do with that information," Teti said. "We don't know how an individual police officer could challenge being included on such a list."

The so-called 'Do Not Call' list was created under the administration of former District Attorney Seth Williams, but the office has said they are continuing to review files of possible 'tainted' police officers.

A spokesman for the mayor and one for the district attorney says they are still reviewing the lawsuit.

A police department official says they don't comment on pending legal matters.

Officials for both the district attorney and the mayor say they are still reviewing the lawsuit.