By Ralph Iannotti

EAST WASHINGTON (KDKA) — The borough council in East Washington voted unanimously, 6-0, to fire embattled Police Chief Donald Solomon.

The 55-year old was indicted by the feds late last month on charges of extortion, protecting drug dealers, selling police Tasers and making threats.

“There’s a public perception here and there are just so many things – the public confidence in law enforcement, in our police force, the morale of our police department – these guys are really, really hurting and angry about this too and they want to say they had nothing to do with this,” Carey Jones, East Washington Borough Solicitor, told KDKA-TV.

“It doesn’t happen very often, however, I think it warrants it tonight,” Mayor Mark Pacilla said. “I think the mountain of evidence we were given – it’s a shame but he’s – this is the way it has to be.”

Solomon remains in jail, pending trial. The U.S. Attorney says no trial date has been set.

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