Friday, October 7, 2022

P.C. Outlaw Relied On Fabricated Account To Fire Chief Inspector

By Ralph Cipriano

According to an arbitrator's report, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw relied on a "fabricated account of a violent assault" in 2020 when she unjustly fired Chief Inspector Anthony Boyle.

In a 13-page analysis and decision, arbitrator Walt DeTreux ruled that Outlaw's big mistake was to buy into Captain LaVerne Vann's fabricated story that in an argument over whether a prisoner should be charged, that Boyle had "forcibly grabbed Capt. Vann with both hands and was bending her arm behind her back." On top of that, Outlaw had charged Boyle with being "derelict in his duty."

But according to the arbitrator's report, it was all a lie.

When Outlaw's firing of Boyle went to arbitration during four hearings in January, March and May of this year, the city "failed to prove any of those charges," DeTreux wrote. In relying on Vann's fabricated story of abuse, DeTreaux wrote, Outlaw chose to ignore "the fairly consistent and credible accounts of other participants and eyewitnesses that indicated Chief Boyle was trying to separate the prisoner from Capt. Vann's interlocking arm hold and rough treatment."

The arbitrator's decision to reinstate Boyle was announced in July, but the contents of the arbitrator's 13-page report have not been disclosed until now. 

In firing Boyle, the arbitrator wrote, Outlaw and other city officials also chose to disregard "Capt. Vann's repeated insubordination in refusing to release" the prisoner she and Boyle were arguing over. 

Outlaw and other city officials, the arbitrator found, also dismissed testimony that during the confrontation between Boyle and Vann, that Boyle was responding to Vann's "defiance of his direct orders." And that Vann responded by "yanking" the prisoner away and "bending her forward until she cried out in pain."

When the city fired Boyle, he was cited for going "hands on," the arbitrator wrote. This made no sense because of the city's "own directive that requires an officer to stop another officer engaged in the use of inappropriate or excessive force," the arbitrator wrote in clearing Boyle of all the charges. 

"For all these reasons, I find that the city did not have just cause to discharge of discipline Chief Inspector Anthony Boyle," the arbitrator concluded. 

"To remedy this unjust discharge," DeTreaux wrote, Boyle, who had 44 years on the job, should be reinstated to his former position "with no loss of seniority" as well as receive "back pay and benefits from the date of his discharge to the date of his reinstatement."

As for Vann, the arbitrator wrote, "the parties did not indicate whether Capt. Vann faced any disciplinary consequences."

Vann was one of four officers who subsequently sued the department and Boyle, claiming racial discrimination. The lawsuit also alleged that Boyle had allegedly falsified paperwork, hid information from the D.A.'s office, and retaliated against the officers who sued him. 

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the city decided to settle one of the lawsuits by paying Vann and former Staff Inspector Debra Frazier a total of $177,400. 

When the arbitrator's decision to reinstate Boyle was announced in July, George Bochetto, Boyle's lawyer, told the Inquirer that the arbitrator's decision was "a testament to the integrity of Tony Boyle, and it really does show what he's been put through."

The Police Department declined comment, except to say that it was reviewing the arbitrator's decision.

Bochetto, Boyle's lawyer, could not be reached for comment yesterday. 

A spokesperson for the Police Department referred comment to the city solicitor's office, which did not respond to a request for comment. 

In his analysis, the arbitrator traced the dispute between Boyle and Vann back to 2017, when former Police Commissioner Richard Ross assigned Boyle, Inspector Ray Evers, and Captain Vann to lead the Narcotics Bureau under the command of then Deputy Commissioner Dennis Wilson.

The arbitrator quoted Evers as testifying that Wilson wanted the narcs to pursue "bigger jobs, stronger jobs." To pull that off, Wilson wanted the narcs to debrief and flip the "small fish" in the "hope of securing information that would implicate the 'bigger fish.' "

According to the arbitrator, however, Captain Vann was not on board with flipping drug dealers into informants. On Sept. 13, 2018, she issued a memo to the members of the Narcotics Strike Force saying that "under no circumstances" should officers or supervisors delay the filing of a so-called PARS report notifying the D.A.'s office of an arrest "for the purposes of gathering information toward future investigations."

According to the arbitrator, Vann did not share her memo with any of her superiors, including Boyle and Wilson.

On Oct. 3, 2018, the Narcotics Bureau were investigating drug dealers operating out of a warehouse at I Street and Erie Avenue when they arrested a woman for buying heroin. During a debriefing, the arbitrator wrote, the woman "offered information regarding the selling of firearms and a recent homicide."

While the police were investigating the information they got from the prisoner, Chief Boyle decided that the prisoner would be released, rather than charged that day. Boyle also ordered that the prisoner be taken home by police in an unmarked vehicle.

That sparked an argument between Boyle and Vann over the release of the prisoner. Boyle informed Vann that the prisoner was to be released and that the D.A.'s office had signed off on the release.

Vann asked Boyle if he "had it in writing." According to the arbitrator, Boyle directed Vann to not get involved in the situation. When Vann asked again for something in writing, Boyle replied, "You don't need it in writing, I'm giving you an order."

Vann, according to the arbitrator, then borrowed handcuffs from another officer and handcuffed the prisoner. When Boyle came over, he ordered Vann to uncuff the prisoner. Two or three times, Boyle repeated this order, the arbitrator wrote, "but Capt. Vann did not comply."

Boyle then placed his hand on the prisoner's arm. As he did so, Vann pulled the prisoner away, "pushing her arms up and forcing her to bend forward," the arbitrator wrote, which caused the prisoner to scream "that she was hurting and in pain."

Boyle grabbed Vann's either hand or wrist to pry it loose from the prisoner's arm, the arbitrator wrote. He also instructed her to release the prisoner. 

The two supervisors "struggled for 10 to 20 seconds" before other officers intervened.

After the altercation, Vann alleged that Boyle "pointed his finger in her face while screaming at her." She also charged that while she was trying to uncuff the prisoner, Boyle "grabbed both her wrists, bent her hands back, and pushed her toward the ground," as well as twisted her right arm behind her back.

After Vann made her allegations, Wilson met with Boyle and took his gun away. From October 2018 to July 2020, Boyle remained chief inspector assigned to the Narcotics Bureau but he didn't have any duties.

Neither Police Commissioner Ross nor his successor, Christine Coulter, took any action against Boyle.

In February, the newly appointed Outlaw reviewed the case with Deputy Commissioner Robin Wimberly before deciding to charge Boyle with conduct unbecoming and two counts of failure to supervise. Then, Outlaw used a power that's known as the Commissioner's Direct Action to fire Boyle.

When the commissioner takes direct action, it allows her to bypass any not guilty plea from Boyle, as well as a hearing that would have been conducted by the Police Board of Inquiry.

After Boyle was fired, he responded by filing a grievance.

During an investigation where some 30 witnesses were interviewed, the arbitrator wrote, Vann's story of alleged abuse by Boyle found "little or no support from fellow officers, including her own subordinates, and other witnesses."

Instead, the witnesses testified that as Boyle approached Vann, she "tightened her hold" on the prisoner by slipping her arm through the prisoner's handcuffed arms, the arbitrator wrote. And then Vann pulled or jerked away the prisoner.

Instead of an assault by Boyle, the arbitrator wrote, cops who witnessed the altercation described it as a tug of war between Boyle and Vann over the prisoner.

In an initial discussion with another supervisor, Vann did not charge that Boyle had assaulted her. Then, she went to Temple Hospital and subsequently claimed she was injured. When she finally went to Internal Affairs, "she fabricated the story of an 'assault,' " the arbitrator concluded.

"Captain Vann's account is simply not credible as it contradicts or conflicts with key details included in all other witness statements and testimony," the arbitrator wrote. "Capt. Vann created an elaborate story of  'assault' that runs counter to the observations of all other witnesses."

The arbitrator found that the department lacks "a clearly written policy regarding flipping" of suspects and turning them into confidential informants. So Boyle's decision to release the prisoner without filing a PARS report was not prohibited by the department. That meant that Boyle "cannot be charged or disciplined for violating a policy that does not exist," the arbitrator wrote. 

As I mentioned previously, officials in the Police Department and the city's Law Department did not respond to requests for comment. 

However, Derrick Jacobs, a former homicide detective who later sued the department in a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit in federal court, told Big Trial, "This is exactly the same pattern and practice the PPD used against me." 

According to Jacobs, the department uses an "arbitrary and capricious disciplinary process" to get rid of cops it deems as enemies.

"Commissioner Outlaw then usurps the rights of officers by taking Commissioner's Direct Action and terminates their employment with false information from Deputy Commissioner Wimberly, who heads internal affairs," Jacobs wrote in an email. 

And if Outlaw and Wimberly needed any additional help in getting rid of unwanted officers, Jacobs said, they often relied on an assist from that "useful idiot Dennis Wilson."


  1. Christ, are there any public agencies in the entire city which are not corrupt ?

  2. So now that vann filed a false police report will she be fired or promoted ?

  3. This is what happens when a useless mayor hires a useless police commissioner without any real street smarts. Is it me or is there a pattern of white cops being fired or demoted by the police commissioner? I believe that a reverse discrimination class action lawsuit is in the future for the city.

    1. It’s ABSOLUTELY a witch hunt against white officers, in my opinion.

    2. Ding ding ding!! Winner!

    3. There are 5 things are wrong with this incident. They are, in order: Vann (classic screwup/ racist), Frazier (Big time racist), Wimberly (criminal with a badge/ racist), Outlaw (complete moron and racist) and Wilson ( kiss ass,cuckold pussy) I worked with all of them at 1 time or another, and there are some really shitty things that they have done to good people. If you want to know why the ppd is in shambles, look no further than these pieces of crap

  4. Philadelphia is very fortunate to have someone like Ralph Cipriano to expose this horrendous Police leadership and racist bigotry toward white supervisors trying to abide by the law and correct police policies.

  5. They should all be fired immediately and investigated and charged with theft and fraud. They knew they lied and the City paid them 177k. Where is the arrest? Krasner would have already arrested a white officer for the same allegations.Did Outlaw get a portion of the illegal proceeds?

  6. Ralph, at the Next Krasner Briefing, You should wear a Hoodie with the Slogan, " White Police Lives Matter."

    That should get the attention and response from a Charter Member of the Democrat Stooges.

  7. Time to take action to find a judge to vacate the false accusations against the SWAT Officer and the bicycle cop during the BLM melee in May/June 2020.

  8. More arbitrary and unfair practices by Outlaw. Gosh, I can't imagine why there's a police shortage in philly right now. Except the sit on chair write emails all day division of the ppd, they are probably doing fine.

  9. That’s what they do the White Supervisors in the police department. It’s a pattern of minority supervisors lying in investigations and IAB backing those lies up. Can’t wait for a civil lawsuit to bring this to light

  10. I was wondering when Big Trial was going to pick up this story…the arbitrator’s decision is a must-read…so full of facts and logic…you know, things that still matter to a lot of people

  11. Where are Krasner and Shapiro in all of this? Do they pick and choose what laws they will enforce?

    1. Two big time liberals/ democrats

  12. Vann is a piece of crap! Her own people did not back the account because she is a fucking fraud! Hey Vann still sucking those vanilla creamsicles??? lol!

  13. Breaking news, Judge dropped charges against Pownall minutes ago.

  14. Wait what's coming next! It's gonna get very interesting

  15. Captain Vann, you are a disgrace to the badge. Additionally, you are a pathetic coward. Maybe you should have gone to temple to seek a spinal implant as well.

  16. She was a joke when she was in Portland. Nice to see that she hasn't changed her ways. /s


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