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Feds Arrest Police Sergeant Held in Contempt

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    Feds Arrest Police Sergeant for Contempt

    Philadelphia Police Sgt. Francis Rawls was suspended from his job following his arrest for failing to produce unencrypted hard drives as part of an investigation. (Published Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015)

    A Philadelphia Police sergeant has been arrested for allegedly failing to comply with a judge's order that he provide his computer hard drives in an investigation, officials said.

    Sgt. Francis Rawls, a 17-year veteran who worked in West Philadelphia's 16th District, was held in contempt of court in late September and taken into custody by U.S. Marshals, according to a statement from the Philadelphia Police Department. Rawls allegedly failed to produce unencrypted hard drives that were seized when investigators served a search warrant at his home.

    Authorities did not reveal the nature of the investigation.

    Rawls has been suspended from the police force with intent to dismiss, officials said.