September 8, 2008 |
WHAT 15-year-old Jazmin Nazario admired most about her mother, Philadelphia Police Officer Isabel Nazario, was something that she was surprised to find within herself yesterday - strength. "Right now, I'm strong," she said. "This strength is from my mother and I feel that's her blessing to me. " Hundreds of people gathered for a vigil yesterday afternoon at 39th and Wallace streets in Mantua, where Nazario's life was taken Friday night by a teen driver in a stolen vehicle, according to police.
July 8, 2008 |
Joel Stein writes for the Los Angeles Times I'm not a good driver. This is partly because I lived without a car in Manhattan for 11 years, but mainly because I consider driving a background activity. Sure, occasionally I have to steer or accelerate, but mostly I'm just conveniently moving forward while I text, eat, check out women, write down ideas, listen to NPR, and return calls, sometimes all at the same time. Every so often, when I'm particularly fidgety, I'm sad there's no such thing as man makeup.
April 17, 2007 |
A University of Pennsylvania police officer fatally shot a carjacker yesterday at the edge of the school's campus in West Philadelphia as the two struggled over control of the officer's gun. A university health system employee also was injured when the stolen van that the man was driving jumped a sidewalk as he tried to evade traffic and struck her. The man, who was not immediately identified, had been armed during the carjacking, but he...
May 20, 2004
EXCUSE US if we're confused. Metal detectors in city schools are OK, but armed cops aren't? Even though the cops won't cost the city a dime and have proved effective in reducing violence in other schools? This strange thinking comes from our mayor, who believes putting Philadelphia police officers in troubled high schools will turn them into "armed camps," as a mayoral spokeswoman said. Come on, we're not buying that. Lack of student discipline is the most important concern teachers have and a major reason why many of the young ones leave, Ted Kirsch, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, told City Council this week.
February 14, 2001 |
The driver of a rental truck had good reason to panic, cops say. Taking up nearly half the cargo space in his Ryder truck was 300 to 400 pounds of marijuana worth about $300,000. And suddenly he was being converged on by police highway patrol cars and federal drug agents. The truck yesterday veered and rammed two cop cars off State Road in the Northeast and smashed through a fence. The driver jumped out and tried to escape over nearby Interstate 95 before he was grabbed and arrested.
September 28, 2000 |
Philadelphia Police Officer Jorge Burgos pleaded not guilty yesterday to federal criminal charges accusing him of asking a friend, a prison guard, to set fire to Burgos' leased Nissan Pathfinder in 1997. Burgos, 36, a cop for almost six years and a corrections officer before that, was released on $10,000 bail by Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge James R. Melinson, to await trial. If convicted of "use of fire to commit another federal offense," namely fraud, Burgos would be facing a mandatory 10-year prison term, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Mitchell S. Goldberg.
August 9, 2000 |
Police Commissioner John Timoney said the important factor in the Thomas Jones' beating case was what had been in the minds of the cops who thrashed him on July 12. Timoney said tapes of police radio messages at the time indicate that the arresting officers thought Jones had shot a cop. "We need to know what was going on in the police officers' minds," Timoney said. "Whether it was true or not was irrelevant. " Timoney was reacting to the news that it was not Jones who shot Officer Michael Livewell in the thumb during the chaotic events leading up to the arrest and beating of Jones that was broadcast around the world.
July 17, 2000 |
The kicks and punches are difficult to watch. The raw anger is shocking. But for Philadelphians, perhaps the most troublesome aspect of last week's now-infamous police beating and brawl is the overwhelming shame they believe it brought the city. Across the Northeast, North Philadelphia and West Philadelphia, city residents yesterday spoke out about the unwanted national attention Philadelphia has received since a news helicopter captured police surrounding and beating an alleged carjacker in North Philly.
March 28, 2000 |
Last summer, a New York man encountered an on-duty Philadelphia police officer on a dark Center City street. He said the cop frisked him, grabbed his penis, forced him to accept oral sex and then pulled his own penis out and ejaculated onto the ground. Yesterday, after more than eight months of investigation that went to a grand jury, Officer Rafael Nieves-Concepcion turned himself in to authorities, said Cathie Abookire, spokeswoman for District Attorney Lynne Abraham. The five-year veteran was charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, indecent assault and official oppression, Abookire said.
February 17, 2000 |
Police Commissioner John Timoney said yesterday that the Friday afternoon crash in Feltonville that killed a man was not the result of police chasing a man driving a stolen Mercedes. "Our preliminary investigation shows . . . that it was not a chase in the general sense," he said. "It's more that the guy sees the cops and takes off in the other direction. " Ralph Morales, 28, was killed on Friday about 2:30 p.m. after William Williams ran a stop sign while driving a stolen Mercedes and crashed into Morales' Plymouth Neon at D and Loudon streets.