Philadelphia police feel unwelcome at DNC while keeping site secure

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PHILADELPHIA — Police were ready and waiting Wednesday night to handle the wave of protesters that successfully barreled through the 8-foot tall metal perimeter fence put in place to protect those inside the Democratic National Convention’s Wells Fargo Center from harm.

Philadelphia police officers, however, were at the same time barred from entering the convention floor, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani told Fox News on Thursday morning.

“This is the most anti-police, anti-law enforcement convention I’ve ever seen in my whole life,” the Manhattan Republican said. “There was not a uniformed police officer allowed on the convention floor.

“I was told that by four high-ranking Philadelphia police officers, two of whom I’ve known for a very long time.”

Giuliani’s comments echoed those made by the sister of a Philadelphia police officer. The woman, who called into 1210 WPHT radio’s Dom Giordano program Thursday morning, claimed her brother, a sergeant, was told by DNC volunteers that he “wasn’t welcome” — not just on the convention floor, but within the secure perimeter itself. 

“It’s outrageous,” she said. “He told me that the volunteer questioned him, ‘are you allowed to be here?’”

Police, meanwhile, had their hands full Thursday night as President Barack Obama spoke from inside the arena:

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross confirmed that the seven protesters who breached the wall were quickly arrested.

“It’s kind of ridiculous in the sense that we were standing right there waiting for them,” Ross told CBS Philadelphia.  “They see us, so it’s not a surprise, it’s not like they could get anywhere.”

“They are now being charged with a federal offense.”