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August 9, 2000 | by Nicole Weisensee Egan, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 17, 2000 | by April Adamson, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 28, 2000 | by Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 17, 2000 | by Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 27, 1999 | Daily News Staff Report
It was a terrifying way to spend Christmas night - or any night. A 29-year-old Chester County woman was abducted from a convenience store and then locked in the trunk of her car. She called for help on her cellular phone, but she didn't know exactly where she was - and it took hours for police to find her. After an intensive search by police, fire crews - even a Coast Guard helicopter - authorities finally located the woman yesterday morning...
NEWS
November 13, 1999 | by Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writer
Hassan Golsonel almost got away yesterday morning. The 20-year-old prisoner escaped from police during a routine transport and enjoyed 40 minutes of freedom, indirectly causing an accident between two police cars. The drama began shortly before 9 a.m. when police were transporting prisoners to the 18th District headquarters, at 55th and Pine streets, in West Philadelphia, for preliminary hearings on various charges, said Capt. Linda MacLachlin, district commander. Golsonel somehow slipped out of his handcuffs during the ride and was ready when Officer Andrea Jones opened the wagon door, MacLachlin said.
NEWS
November 12, 1999 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Andre Baker, 22, had a good reason to panic when he saw a cop car signaling from behind while driving along Ridge Avenue on Feb. 2. Barker, of Cumberland Street near 24th, didn't have a driver's license and was at the wheel of a car that had an expired license tag, said Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson. So Baker sped into the opposite lane and forced oncoming traffic to veer out of his way, Gilson said. When Baker pulled around 23rd Street, he lost control, ran up onto the sidewalk and struck two men walking toward a bus stop.
NEWS
November 12, 1999 | by Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writer
Three people, including a disabled little girl, were injured yesterday when their car was rammed by a car carrying three alleged robbers being chased by police. "The added tragedy that these individuals inflicted on this family is that the four-year-old already suffers from spinal bifida and cannot walk," said Capt. Anthony Boyle, commander of the 25th Police District, where the accident occurred. The child, Sasha Rivera, received a broken leg and broken jaw and was in stable condition at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
NEWS
October 25, 1999 | by Christine Bahls , Daily News Staff Writer
A Bensalem man, accused of hitting and injuring an undercover cop with his car after an alleged drug buy, was arraigned yesterday on charges including aggravated assault and drug possession. The officer suffered bruises and cuts after the Saturday morning incident. Police said that Mark Besden, 47, was counting his heroin and crack-cocaine packets on Orianna Street near Susquehanna about 10 a.m. when he was spotted doing so by some undercover cops. Detective Bob Fetters said that one of the officers approached Besden, who immediately got into his white 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix, which was parked nearby.
NEWS
August 10, 1999 | by Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writer
Last month on a dark Center City street, a man encountered a Philadelphia police officer. The man said the cop used his authority as an officer to intimidate him, then performed oral sex on him without his consent. The accused cop has not been charged. He has been taken off street duty while the matter is being investigated. The alleged victim said the district attorney's office told him charges would be filed against the cop soon. Officially, the office is saying the matter is still under investigation.
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