Philadelphia Police sergeant held in contempt in court order violation

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Sergeant Francis Rawls, a 17-year veteran on the force, was suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss.

Philadelphia police said a former sergeant has been arrested and suspended after being held in contempt in violation of a court hearing.

A contempt hearing was held Sept. 30 after Sgt. Francis Rawls failed to comply with an order made by a federal magistrate to produce unencrypted hard drives.

Rawls, a 17-year veteran on the force, was found to be in contempt of the court's order and was immediately taken into custody by U.S. Marshals.

The department has deemed the actions and conduct by Rawls to be a violation of its policy in regards to conduct unbecoming, police said.

Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey announced Tuesday Rawls was suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss.

It is not clear what was on the hard drives.

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