Veteran cop charged over domestic assault

Marques Newsome, a veteran Philadelphia police lieutenant, was arrested today over allegations that he physically assaulted his girlfriend while off-duty in West Philly on Oct. 27. 

The Daily News first reported the allegations last week, when Newsome was put on restricted duty while Internal Affairs conducted an investigation. 


Newsome, 35, is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, possessing an instrument of crime, recklessly endangering another person and stalking, the Police Department said in a statement. 

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has suspended the 16-year veteran of the force for 30 days with the intent to dismiss. 

Newsome had worked at the 35th District in Olney. 

"Lt. Newsome is a decorated, 16-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, and enjoys a healthy relationship with the alleged victim in this matter, as they are the parents of an 11-month-old child," said Anthony Voci Jr., Newsome's attorney. 

"The District Attorney's Office was advised that the alleged victim does not wish to pursue this matter, and has signed a notorized statement of renunciation of all prior statements, both verbal and written.

"We look forward to meeting with the District Attorney's Office to discuss an amicable resolution to this matter," Voci said.