Former high-ranking Philadelphia police commander to be reinstated after arbitrator’s ruling

Philadelphia police say a former high-ranking commander fired after he was charged with sexual assault will be reinstated following an arbitrator’s ruling in the wake of the dismissal of the cases against him.

Carl Holmes “will return to his previous rank of chief inspector” following an arbitrator’s ruling in his favor, Sgt. Eric Gripp, a spokesperson for the department, said in an email, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Holmes, who spent nearly three decades on the force and was also a lawyer, was fired in 2019 after he was accused of having sexually assaulted three women at work. The criminal cases involving two of the women were withdrawn in early 2021 and prosecutors dropped the last case in January 2023 after the accuser failed to appear in court.

  • January 15, 2024
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