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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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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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August 1, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
CRACKIN' SKULLS, stealing cash, selling cocaine and dangling men from balcony ledges: Such was life on the beat for six veteran Philadelphia narcotics cops, a federal grand jury alleges. Officers Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman and John Speiser were arrested yesterday as the U.S. Attorney's Office unveiled a 26-count indictment against the former members of the Philadelphia Police Department's Narcotics Field Unit. Zane David Memeger, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, said the disgraced cops allegedly stole $500,000 worth of cash, personal belongings and drugs from suspected drug dealers between February 2006 and November 2012 - and then forged police records to cover their tracks.
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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.
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October 29, 2014 | By Helen Ubiñas, Daily News Columnist
MICHAEL CASCIOLI, bent at the waist over the metal railing on the balcony of his 18th-floor apartment on City Line Avenue, could feel the police officers lifting him higher and higher off the ground. As they leaned him over the edge, his feet flailing beneath him, he could just make out the flicker of lights from the cars below, the outline of bushes he was convinced he'd soon be splattered across. "This is 'Training Day' for f---ing real," Cascioli recalled one of the cops saying, referring to a movie about dirty cops.
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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.
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
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April 10, 2015 | Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
THE YOUNGEST black mayoral candidate's sin, as far as I can tell, was daring to consider more than one point of view on the crisis of police officers - often white ones - gunning down black men. But after a mayoral candidate forum last week, some suggested Doug Oliver had compromised his candidacy. Oliver's timing surely isn't helped by a white police officer in South Carolina on Saturday firing multiple shots into the back of a black man. The officer has been charged with murder.
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April 10, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHEN HE was approached by a Time magazine reporter to weigh in on the killing of Walter Scott, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey didn't hesitate. A transcript of the interview was published yesterday on Time.com, one in a series that featured responses from public officials and figures about Scott's death at the hands of Michael Thomas Slager, a police officer in North Charleston, S.C. "It's an issue that needs to be addressed," Ramsey told the Daily News yesterday. "The way that the department [in South Carolina]
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April 10, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
"TONY WOODS" looked like a cool cat in court yesterday. Wearing a huge Afro wig, large brown shaded sunglasses, a metallic-blue jacket, a big pink bow tie and a blue-and-white checkered shirt, Woods sat calmly at the witness stand with his fingers interlaced in front of him. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno explained to the jury in the trial of six ex-narcotics cops accused of robbing suspected drug dealers that Woods is an "undercover agent....
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April 9, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"TODAY IS THE day you're gonna die. " Three masked men threatened a woman with those horrific words Saturday as they took turns pummeling her in the back of a Ford Econoline van. The woman, a 53-year-old employee of the National Watch & Jewelry Exchange, on 8th Street near Chestnut in Center City's iconic Jewelers Row, pleaded with her captors as they punched, kicked and tased her inside the van, police said. They had grabbed her minutes before on the first floor of the garage, across the street from where she works.
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April 9, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THE FEDERAL TRIAL of six ex-narcotics cops accused of robbing suspected drug dealers resumed yesterday with combative cross-examination of a man who said he was lifted over a third-floor balcony, followed by an ex-drug courier who said cops stole 3 kilos of cocaine from him. Orlando Ramirez testified that on the evening of Sept. 6, 2009, he and another man, Rodney Lord, went to an Upper Darby parking lot on their way to meet with drug buyers. Ramirez said he worked as a courier on behalf of his uncle, who at the time lived in Mexico.
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April 8, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
TEN PEOPLE arrested last month at a Lawncrest town-hall meeting that turned into a melee opted yesterday to head to trial on their disorderly conduct charges. The self-described "Philly 10" showed up at the March 19 meeting, at which District Attorney Seth Williams and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey were present, to protest the District Attorney's Office decision not to file charges against two cops who had fatally shot Brandon Tate-Brown in December. The 10 had a status appearance in front of Municipal Court Trial Commissioner Marsha Floyd.
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April 6, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IF A MASTER thief ever pens a guide on how to get away with the perfect crime, he'll surely include a footnote or two about Frederick Joseph Jones Jr. It'll be a short entry, containing this crucial warning: Do not leave your wallet at the scene. Jones, 28, made that critical mistake after he allegedly robbed a woman of $140 outside of an Upper Darby Wells Fargo Bank earlier this week, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. The police department summed up the situation in a tweet that read like an old telegram: "Mr. Fred Jones-good news-we found your wallet.
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
C OMMON MIGHT BE espousing a movement for black Americans to forget the past and look to build a stronger future, but not everyone is on board just yet. Some folks are still looking back. New Jersey's Kean University has canceled the Academy Award-winning hip-hop artist as its commencement speaker after police voiced concerns over his song about a convicted cop killer who fled to Cuba. He was named Monday. Nixed Tuesday. A Common mistake. University spokeswoman Susan Kayne told the Record that the announcement was made prematurely and that the school is pursuing other speaker options.
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April 3, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
MICHAEL CASCIOLI told a federal jury yesterday that he was tackled by plainclothes cops in the hall outside his penthouse City Avenue apartment and later hoisted off the ground from his 19th-floor balcony as he feared for his life. At first, he didn't know the men were cops. It was the night of Nov. 26, 2007, and Cascioli, who admitted he was a big-time dealer, said he was carrying a bag with marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms and was about to go down a stairwell to see another resident, Robert Kushner, who lived one floor below him at the Executive House on City Avenue.
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April 3, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
JASON KENNEDY told a federal jury yesterday how narcotics cop Michael Spicer lifted and leaned him over Kennedy's third-floor Old City balcony, and asked: "Head first or feet first?" Which way did you say you wanted to go? Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Wzorek asked. "I said, 'Feet first,' and he said, 'You're not such a dumb f--- after all,' " Kennedy testified. Spicer didn't throw Kennedy off the back balcony of his condo, on Front Street near Callowhill, on that Feb. 24, 2010, evening, Kennedy said.
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