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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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
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.
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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.
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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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August 29, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
WHATEVER happened to the good old days of Tattle when our lead stories were about Paris Hilton , Britney Spears and Tiger Woods ? Oh, what we wouldn't give for a good sex scandal instead of so much violence. Although we'd love to write about the lunacy of giving a 9-year-old girl shooting lessons with an Uzi (see anywhere that loves viral videos), fitting in better with our entertainment motif is this story out of Omaha, Neb., in which police officers who opened fire during a robbery at a Wendy's killed a "Cops" crew member as well as the suspect.
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June 18, 2016 | By Janaki Chadha, Staff Writer
Two men were taken into custody in the armed robbery of a Cherry Hill 7-Eleven Thursday after taking a cab to make their getaway, police said. Aaron Owens, 23, of Magnolia, and Ryan Hunter, 19, of Pennsauken, were charged with robbery and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. The men, one of whom was carrying a handgun, walked into the 7-Eleven at Maple Avenue and Haddonfield about 2:50 a.m., a clerk reported to police. The men left the store on foot, headed across Maple Avenue into Pennsauken, but police determined a cab company had picked up customers in the area.
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June 17, 2016
Authorities are investigating an apparent suicide that occurred about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday when a man drove onto the Walt Whitman Bridge, then shot himself and fell onto the concrete below in South Philadelphia, police said. The man has not been identified, Philadelphia police said. He was pronounced dead by medics at the scene at 5 a.m. Police said a gun was recovered. The suspension bridge carries Interstate 76 from South Philadelphia over the Delaware River to Gloucester City, New Jersey.
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June 17, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
Next week, Burlington Township Police Department officers will add a tool to their arsenals: body-worn cameras. On Monday, five members of the local force will come to work with baseball-size cameras affixed to their blue uniform shirts. The more than three dozen remaining officers in the department will begin using the cameras by September, after completing individual training. A combination of capital funds and grants amounting to $68,500, including $22,000 from the state Attorney General's Body Worn Camera Assistance Fund, has bought the department 50 cameras for its 43 officers.
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June 15, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe and Daniel Block, STAFF WRITERS
The Chester Police Department announced Monday the roll-out of body cameras for 10 patrol officers, marking the first step toward increased transparency for a force that has been beset by tensions with its community. The move comes after outcry this winter over two police-involved shootings that occurred within five weeks earlier this year. After the first shooting, Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland announced in February at a town hall meeting that body cameras and increased surveillance cameras are a priority for his administration.
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June 15, 2016 | By Allison Steele, STAFF WRITER
For months, Carlos Pacheco told his mother, his sisters, and anyone who would listen that he was behind bars because a police officer had arrested him for no reason, then lied about it. Last week, Pacheco learned that the charges against him, which included threatening the officer, had been dropped. His case was one of 18 that have been dismissed by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office in the wake of charges filed against Camden County Police Officer Douglas Dickinson, who is accused of filing false reports and simple assault in two incidents over the last year.
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June 12, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A Camden County police officer has been charged with filing false police reports and simple assault in two incidents in Camden over the last year, leading prosecutors to dismiss 18 cases in which he was involved. County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo said her office had tossed cases in which Officer Douglas Dickinson would have been the only witness called to testify. She said in a statement that her office was still reviewing the officer's work and expected more dismissals. "Our office has a legal obligation to dismiss cases tainted by the possibility of police misconduct," Colalillo said.
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June 9, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 47-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed a woman in a Bucks County shopping center while trying to rob and sexually assault her Monday night. Angel Ramos, 47, whose last known address was in Hatboro, Montgomery County, was charged with attempted robbery, aggravated assault, possession of an instrument of crime, indecent assault, and related offenses, and is being held in the Bucks County jail on $7.5 million bail. About 10:45 p.m. Monday, Ramos allegedly attacked a 33-year-old woman who was sitting in her car in the Center Point Place Shopping Center in Warminster.
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June 8, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
It was the summer of 2015, and Philadelphia Police Officer Thomas Vitanovitz was ashamed – and addicted. Two shoulder surgeries from on-the-job injuries had led to a prescription for pain pills, and when it was time to stop taking them, he couldn't. "By the time I needed help, I was scared, extremely scared," he said. "I was embarrassed and ashamed to be a cop that has a pill problem. " In a telephone interview Monday, just hours after the U.S. Attorney's Office charged him with attempted extortion - and a police spokesman confirmed he had been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss - Vitanovitz, 31, shared his story of addiction, recovery, and gratitude.
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June 4, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia Police Officer Sean Cave has unintentionally become a wide receiver - of praise, that is - after his game of street football with a group of young boys Monday in Germantown was posted to social media. Facebook user Melanie Wright posted two photos and a video of Cave playing with the boys on Memorial Day. "As I sat & watched," her caption read, "this cop got my nephews & a few other boys together & played football with them, for a long while. Then he sat them down & talked to them about doing well in school & not getting into trouble.
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