Philly Cops Wrong in Display Case
The display was put up in front of the judge's bench where accused criminals are brought for hearing. Washington ordered it taken down and when police balked he turned down the photo of Pawlowski himself.
The cops were furious and Washington has been temporarily reassigned.
As much as we would like to side with the police in this case, Judge Washington is right. A courtroom, even one in a police headquarters, should be free of such displays. The appearance of impartiality and fairness demands it.
Maybe the judge could have handled it more diplomatically but Philly's finest ought to understand this too. Even as they grieve their fallen brother, justice must remain blind, impartial and fair. And judges must make sure of the appearance thereof.