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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
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
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
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
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
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
June 13, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A RETIRED PHILLY cop who says he was stopped and frisked by two city cops last year because he was black has filed a federal lawsuit against the officers and the city. Herbert Spellman, 51, filed the civil-rights lawsuit on Tuesday against police officers Brad Momme and David O'Connor. According to the suit and an interview Spellman gave to the Daily News last year, Spellman says that on Sept. 10, he was walking to a bus stop near Wister Street in West Oak Lane when Momme and O'Connor stopped their police cruiser in front of him and grabbed him. Spellman told the cops he was an injured ex-officer, but they continued to frisk and verbally abuse him, the suit says.
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NEWS
July 24, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A NARCOTICS OFFICER accused by a former colleague of falsifying an arrest report has been pulled from the street, police said yesterday. Officer Angel Ortiz recently was reassigned to administrative duty and is currently the subject of an investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau, a police spokeswoman told the Daily News . Investigators from Internal Affairs "wouldn't get into specifics" about Ortiz's case, the spokeswoman said....
NEWS
July 23, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
SUPPORTERS OF TYREE Carroll gathered in East Germantown last night to send a message about policing methods, demanding identification of the dozen or more officers involved in the 22-year-old's controversial April arrest. Chief Inspector Myron Patterson and Capt. Sekou Kinebrew from the Philadelphia Police Department's 14th District heard concerns from residents at district headquarters on Haines Street near Germantown Avenue. About 40 residents attended the district's monthly community meeting, mostly to ask for release of the names of the officers involved in Carroll's arrest on a drug-possession charge.
NEWS
July 20, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
MORE THAN a week after video of Tyree Carroll's controversial April arrest surfaced on YouTube, family, lawyers and neighbors rallied yesterday outside the Police Administration Building to call for his release from prison. Carroll, 22, was arrested near his grandmother's East Germantown home surrounded by at least a dozen officers, some of whom are seen in the video kicking and punching Carroll as he lay on the ground. At the rally, grandmother Nancy Carroll spoke from her wheelchair, as Tyree's niece shielded the woman's face from the hot sun with a "#JusticeForTyree" poster.
NEWS
July 17, 2015 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
LORETTA LYNCH, the first black female U.S. attorney general, put an exclamation point on the end of the five-day 106th Annual NAACP Convention last night, summoning an America in which black urban kids aren't viewed as future criminals - and in which some of them want to become cops. "We need children, particularly children of color - our children - to turn toward the law-enforcement officers in their neighborhoods," Lynch told about 1,000 attendees at a final-night awards ceremony at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
NEWS
July 16, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The District Attorney's Office notified a judge Tuesday that it will take another try at convicting on perjury counts a former Philadelphia police officer who last month was acquitted of the same charges in another case. The present case against Steven Lupo, 38, involves a car stop and the arrest of Joseph Tyamba and Angel Huffman on Sept. 25, 2010, in Germantown. The future of that case became unclear June 30, when a jury took about 45 minutes to acquit Lupo of charges he lied under oath about a warrantless search of a drug suspect's car in 2011.
NEWS
July 16, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A PHILADELPHIA police officer who was shot outside his house last year was charged yesterday with allegedly trying to pin the blame on his estranged wife. Authorities say Robert Penn's wife was innocent of any wrongdoing. Someone shot Penn, 48, in the shoulder as he arrived home from work early March 2, 2014, outside the Overbrook Park rowhouse the couple, though estranged, still shared. As investigators chased dead ends and after the Daily News chronicled the mystery, Penn allegedly persuaded his friend, Charles Mays, to call the People Paper and implicate Penn's estranged wife, Jennifer.
NEWS
July 15, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
AT ONE POINT yesterday, I wondered if I should hold a mirror under my nose. Maybe I was dead. Maybe that explained the sound of crickets when I tried to get responses to the late-day news Friday that six former Philadelphia police officers who were the subject of a made-for-TV, 26-count federal indictment got their jobs back through arbitration. An arbitrator ruled to reinstate them, with a year's worth of back pay. Two months ago, a jury acquitted the officers - Thomas Liciardello, Michael Spicer, Brian Reynolds, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman and John Speiser - of allegedly using their positions to run a criminal enterprise.
SPORTS
July 15, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
A VIDEO OF Donovan's McNabb's DUI arrest following a non-injury collision with another vehicle in Arizona last month was posted on TMZ yesterday. A police officer was about to give McNabb a sobriety test when this memorable exchange took place: Officer: Any recent head injuries? McNabb: Listen, I played football . . . Officer: I know who you are. It's been a little while since you played though, right? McNabb: Three years, but still . . . It was McNabb's second arrest for DUI in Arizona in the last 18 months.
NEWS
July 14, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
KELVIN NANCE thought he'd be the ideal Philadelphia police officer. After all, his parents are officers in the department. He has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Kutztown University, whereas the department merely requires applicants to have 60 college-credit hours. And although applicants must pass a basic physical-fitness test, Nance is fit enough to have won this year's Pennsylvania Golden Gloves boxing tournament in the 165-pound novice class division. But Nance, 25, was rejected for entrance into the Police Academy in September after completing the yearlong application process.
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