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Philly Cop Pulled from Street Duty for Cornrow Hair Style

September 24, 2009  | 

To get booted off the street, a police officer has to do something pretty serious - like shoot a suspect or be accused of brutality.

But in the 35th District, which covers Logan, Olney and adjacent neighborhoods, apparently a hairdo will do it.

A cop who got cornrows was ordered off the street and kept on desk duty for two days until he cut his braids off, sources said.

While dozens of black officers across the city wear cornrows, Officer Thomas Strain is white. So when the five-year veteran showed up for work Sept. 3 with the traditionally black hairstyle, it didn't take long for his colleagues - or his bosses - to notice.

"They pulled him out of roll call and took him right up to the inspector's office," said an officer who asked to remain anonymous.

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axnjxn74 @ 9/24/2009 3:13 PM

Ah, there's nothing like a double-standard...

ROB ROY @ 9/24/2009 4:26 PM

OK let's see how they explain this blantant example of " it's OK for this group over here to do this but not OK for this other group accross the hall"

knight3218 @ 9/24/2009 11:08 PM

I think that he should make some money off of the Racists, because he did nothing wrong. If it's okay for one group of people to have such a hair style, then I don't see how they can pull something like that.

Maybe if he decides that he likes to Rap, that they will decide to fire him and make him rich. That was so Stupid for them to make a big deal of that...... "It's just a black thing, so you can't do it because you are only a white boy" I could just hear them saying that!

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