Philly Bike Cop Sues City, Claiming Other Cops Repeatedly Called Him a “Dago”

Jan 18, 2019 414


Daniel Leone has been a Philly cop for more than 23 years. But recently, things have gone downhill on the job for the 47-year-old Northern Liberties resident. In a just-filed federal lawsuit, Leone claims that members of the Philadelphia Police Department have discriminated against him because he’s an Italian American.

It all started close to ten years ago when Leone was assigned to work as a bike cop with the Center City District, the development organization set up to make downtown Philadelphia a cleaner, safer, and friendlier place. In his lawsuit, filed against the city and the police department, Leone claims that his supervising lieutenant made it pretty clear from the get-go that he wasn’t a fan of Leone — or of guys like him in general.

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