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Philly judge orders photos of slain officer removed from courtroom


By Dwight Ott
Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — The head of the city's police union yesterday called for a Municipal Court judge to be reassigned from the 35th Police District after the judge ordered two pictures of John Pawlowski, the police officer who was shot dead Friday, removed from his courtroom.

In early afternoon, union officials said, Municipal Court Judge Craig M. Washington sought to have the pictures of Pawlowski, 25, taken from his courtroom in the headquarters of the 35th District, at Broad Street and Champlost Avenue, where the officer had been stationed. District officials denied that order, and Washington stepped down from the bench and placed both pictures facedown on the table where they had stood.

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