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September 28, 2011 | BY JASON NARK & WILLIAM BENDER, narkj@phillynews.com 215-854-5916
THE PAGAN stationed on a corner of Atlantic Avenue in Wildwood stood with his burly arms crossed over his belly, guarding the infamous motorcycle club's hotel-turned-fortress like a living, breathing gargoyle. Behind him, yellow caution tape and blue tarps draped the Binns Motor Inn - a signal from the Pagan's Motorcycle Club for "citizens" and nosy cops to keep out during the 2011 Roar to the Shore biker rally this month. It's the same hotel where federal prosecutors say that leaders of the Pagan's Long Island chapter at last year's rally told their minions to prepare for death or prison as they plotted a hand-grenade attack on the rival Hells Angels.
NEWS
March 28, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & PHILLIP LUCAS, Daily News Staff Writers
MEN SHUFFLED along Chancellor Street toward the Gold Club early Saturday, nearly getting past a line of Dumpsters to the strip club's dingy red carpet before cops standing outside told them that the business was closed for the night. After the guys walked back down the alley, police led two women from the club in handcuffs toward 15th Street, where a police van was waiting with its back doors flung open. The Pennsylvania State Police busted the pair of buxom blondes earlier in the night in an undercover prostitution sting.
NEWS
October 14, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I DON'T KNOW when Philip Nace became a Philadelphia police officer. But I have to believe, when he swore an oath to protect and serve, that he didn't imagine his future would include seeing his scowling red face on a Daily News cover about bully cops. But there he was, in yesterday's story by Bill Bender about a stop and frisk. Nace and another cop harangued two pedestrians in the 25th District after the men had - sigh - said hello to a third man unidentified on the street. To write the story, Bender didn't need to rely on anyone's memories of what went down.
NEWS
August 21, 2013 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
THE NEEDLES are gone from Needle Park. The children are back, fearlessly running over McPherson Square Park's five green acres without fear of being stuck by a used heroin syringe. The kids are hanging upside down from the new playground equipment, feeling the freedom of summer like they've never felt it before because the park - notorious for 30 years as Kensington's outdoor shooting gallery - is clean and peaceful for the first time in their young lives. "That playground is always crowded like it's Kensington's Rocky statue," said Patty-Pat Kozlowski, whose second summer directing a Parks and Recreation Department day camp is so unlike last year's, when she called police to remove an unconscious, bleeding addict from the play area and confronted a drug dealer doing business next to a woman selling shaved ice to the children.
NEWS
December 9, 2002
LET'S TALK about crooked cops. Philadelphia is known for many things - like cheesesteaks, pretzels, sports teams, and, yes, "crooked cops," too. It's a reality that has tarnished the image of this police department, and upsets the overwhelming majority of good cops who are doing a great job out there. I won't criticize any member of the public for making comments about crooked cops in Philly - instead I get disgusted with the dirty cops who give us this image. In my opinion, they are nothing but filthy pigs, and I'm tired of being embarrassed for their actions.
NEWS
August 13, 2010
The Democrats, at long last, had strung together a good day. They forced House Republicans to return, grumbling, from summer vacation for votes that allowed Democrats to show support for teachers, cops, and strong borders. Then they got Rangeled. "For what purpose does the gentleman from New York seek recognition?" the speaker asked of Rep. Charlie Rangel, the fallen Ways and Means chairman, when he rose from his seat early Tuesday afternoon. The gentleman from New York sought recognition to deliver, without warning, one of the most extraordinary pieces of political oratory in recent memory.
NEWS
December 5, 2007
HAD THESE casinos broken ground, we would have had the money on the table to maybe have more police so they could keep from being shot and killed. All these people yapping not here, not there, no casino should be held responsible for the city not having the money for overtime. Moses Cook Philadelphia
NEWS
May 21, 2007
YOUR op-ed page informing us of the total cost of providing a new police officer was very interesting. But what price do you put on their lives? Police officers are a good investment for our city. They do a great job and are often not respected enough for the dangerous job they do. They give up living a normal life because they are police officers 24 hours a day. So, hats off to them, and may God always keep them in his sight. Josephine Zirilli Philadelphia
NEWS
July 29, 1997 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
A pleasant dinner was the plan, but as attorney Scott Lempert and his wife drove across traffic-jammed South Street near 4th, their first concern was a parking spot. Meanwhile, Officer Joseph Galie, a three-year veteran of the force, was frantically trying to keep the traffic moving. At about 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 1996, Lempert met Galie. There was screaming and shouting, maybe some pushing and foul language. The couple never broke bread. Instead, Lempert was surrounded by cops and ticketed.
NEWS
January 3, 1992 | by Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
Cops were mostly close-mouthed about their reactions to mayor-elect Ed Rendell's plans for their department as they gathered last night for midnight shift roll call at the 6th District at 11th and Winter streets. But the few who talked expressed cautious optimism for the Police Department's future once Rendell takes office on Monday. Part of the future, according to Rendell, is the eventual addition of 1,000 officers to the ranks. Rendell also wants to reassign 100 desk cops to street patrol duty and start training sessions for 100 police and 100 fire recruits next month.
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NEWS
August 24, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer, vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
EXCESSIVE SPEED contributed to a crash that claimed the life of an off-duty police officer in Roxborough, police said Sunday. Sgt. Rafael Ali, 32, of East Oak Lane, was a 10-year veteran of the department whose close friends described him Sunday as a hard worker and a doting father of two. He lost control of his 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck about 11:43 p.m. Saturday on Henry Avenue near Valley, according to Capt. John Wilczynski, head of the Accident Investigation Division. Ali was traveling "well above" the posted 35 mph speed limit when he drove into a wide curve, Wilczynski said.
NEWS
August 24, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"EITHER YOU buy these or I take your car, 'cause it's unregistered. " Officer Matthew Zagursky didn't mince words Thursday when he flashed tickets to the Hero Thrill Show, a fundraiser that supports the families of fallen officers and firefighters, to two men after pulling them over. And yesterday, hours after a recording of that exchange went viral, Commissioner Charles Ramsey didn't either. "No part of that video is good," Ramsey said of the footage, which also shows Zagursky spouting homophobic slurs.
NEWS
August 24, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
FOR THE SECOND TIME this year, a motorist has filed a lawsuit against Philadelphia Police Officer Allen Marsh Jr., claiming that the officer assaulted him on a city street. In his suit, which was filed yesterday in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Michael Marcantonio, a truck driver from Tabernacle, N.J., claims that his big rig was stopped behind several police cars at 13th and Spruce streets in Center City on Oct. 14, 2014. Once the officers on scene took a man into custody for unknown reasons, they did not move their patrol cars and continued to block the roadway for about 20 minutes, according to Marcantonio's lawyer, Brian Zeiger.
NEWS
August 24, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A HUNTING PARK teen has been arrested in connection to the stabbing death of another girl during a July 5 brawl, police said. Keyarra Frisby, 18, is charged with murder and related offenses after allegedly stabbing Anita Cotton, 17, in the neck during a melee outside a Walgreens on Broad Street, according to police. Homicide detectives arrested Frisby on Thursday at her home on Fairhill Street near Hunting Park Avenue. She remained in custody last night, denied bail, court records show.
NEWS
August 21, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
IT TURNED OUT to be three guns against none during a traffic stop that turned deadly in Cumberland County last year, but no charges will be filed against the officers who pulled the triggers. Jerame Reid, 34, of Bridgeton, was a passenger in a car during a traffic stop that turned chaotic at South Avenue and Henry Street on the night of Dec. 30, 2014. The chaos began when the driver, Leroy Tutt, opened the glove compartment and Officer Braheme Days saw a handgun. A five-minute, 15-second video showed Days with gun drawn, repeatedly telling Reid, in the passenger seat, to show his hands and not to move.
NEWS
August 20, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
AN OLNEY WOMAN is calling for a Philadelphia police officer to be fired after he hit and killed her dog while patrolling her block earlier this month. In online posts that have gone viral since the Aug. 9 incident, Sidara Son has mourned her petite pit bull Phoebe with the hashtag #dogslivesmatter and a Facebook page, Justice 4 Phoebe Son, which had more than 1,800 likes yesterday. After retrieving Phoebe's cremains from the Paws to Heaven Pet Crematorium in Pennsauken, N.J., yesterday, Son told the Daily News that her grief has been compounded by her fury that Officer Chad Culbreath never apologized.
NEWS
August 19, 2015
A TEENAGE BOY was arrested last night in connection to the abduction and rape of a 5-year-old girl last month, police said. Detectives from the Special Victims Unit arrested the boy, 15, late last night. He will be charged with attempted murder, aggravated assaulted, rape, kidnapping and related offenses, police said. His identity was not available last night. The girl was taken from her home on Hutchinson Street near Lehigh in North Philly by an intruder sometime in the overnight hours of July 27 and 28, police said.
NEWS
August 17, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four men were arrested and a kilogram of drugs seized at a Center City waterfront hotel room Friday night, city police said Saturday. Officers from the Sixth District were called around 6:10 p.m. to the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, 201 Columbus Boulevard, after a housekeeper found drugs in a room on the 20th floor and the hotel called police. Hotel management led the officers to the room, where a loaded handgun and a kilogram of unspecified drugs - a "large, chunky substance," police said - were left out in the open, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2015 | By Gary Thompson, DAILY NEWS MOVIE CRITIC
Cop Car is a prairie noir that takes the flat landscape of the Western plains and turns it, as so many movies have, into a place of meanness and menace. The movie starts innocently enough: two middle-school boys (James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford) on a walkabout on empty ranchland, daring each other to curse, looking for arrowheads and snake holes. What they find instead is an abandoned patrol car in the middle of nowhere. They approach tentatively, but the wariness soon ebbs.
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