Video shows patrolman pressuring driver for donation

Associated Press

Philadelphia — A Philadelphia patrolman who appears on videotape apparently pressuring a driver to support a police fundraiser or have his car towed has been placed on desk duty.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says Officer Matthew Zagursky embarrassed the police department and may have committed a crime.

The video shows the driver agreeing to give the officer $30 for three tickets to a police union fundraiser.

The officer is heard making a homophobic remark while discussing pink windshield wipers on the unregistered car.

Ramsey plans to refer the case to local prosecutors.

The police union says it can’t comment because its president is on vacation. Zagursky doesn’t have a listed phone number.

The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported Friday on the Internal Affairs probe. It says the video surfaced on Facebook.