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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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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
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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July 31, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 47-year-old man fatally beat his girlfriend Friday morning inside a house in Germantown, police said. By the time officers arrived at the home about 10:40 a.m., the 24-year-old woman was already dead, police said. The boyfriend, whose name was not released, was taken into custody. The victim's name also was withheld. A police spokeswoman said investigators believe the couple lived in the home, on the 4600 block of Greene Street. shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592 @julieshawphilly
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 18, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, Staff Writer
Najee Rivera's family sat in a Philadelphia courtroom Tuesday watching in anguish as the man who allegedly witnessed his fatal shooting last December claimed he did not get a close look at the accused gunman's face. Max Elmine, who sullenly told Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni that he didn't want to be there and that he had been brought to the preliminary hearing by officers and homicide detectives who showed up at his home at 3 a.m., testified that it was too dark around 5 p.m. Dec. 5 at C and Somerset Streets to have seen the face of the man who fought with Rivera before pulling a handgun and shooting him once.
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August 17, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A South Jersey police officer was charged with official misconduct for offering to help a woman with pending criminal charges in exchange for oral sex, prosecutors said Monday. Robert E. Marzi, 29, who has worked for the Monroe Township Police Department for two years, was suspended without pay pending the outcome of his case. Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton said his office was reviewing other arrests involving Marzi for evidence of further misconduct. The criminal complaint, signed by a detective Wednesday, states that on Jan. 17 Marzi promised a woman "assistance with her pending criminal charges in exchange for fellatio.
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August 13, 2016
By Michael J. Jenkins William "Bill" Bratton began his first tour as commissioner of the New York Police Department in the midst of headlines demanding "Dave, Do Something," referring to soon-to-be departing Mayor David Dinkins, who presided over sky-high crime rates in the city. Bratton was the first police chief of a major metropolitan area to embrace the strategies of broken-windows guru George Kelling, and, for the next 25 years, he led progressive police reform in New York, Los Angeles, and across the nation.
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August 13, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Police say a man wanted for posing as a woman on social media in order to solicit explicit images of teenage boys has been apprehended. Brandon Speach, 30, of North Philadelphia, was taken into custody late Wednesday after his image was distributed to media outlets, Philadelphia police said Thursday. He is accused of requesting explicit photos and videos of boys while pretending to be a woman on various social media platforms. Speach had been targeting boys between the ages of 14 and 16 for the past three years, police said.
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August 9, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A SEPTA rider who took a Philadelphia tourist's bag containing her family's passports on Thursday returned the bag early Sunday morning following a public offer of amnesty from SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel. "On Thursday, my trip turned into a nightmare and I was so sad," said Ximena Estrada, 35, of Colombia. "But when I got that phone call, it was like, wow . I felt so grateful, so grateful. " Estrada and her children, a 14-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, have been visiting family in Philadelphia from South America since June.
NEWS
August 8, 2016
I'm still kvelling more than a week later about how good Philadelphia looked during the Democratic National Convention. Municipal authorities were well-prepared and city workers went above and beyond. I was nervous as delegates arrived and protesters began marching through Center City on July 24 - what felt like the hottest day of the year at the start of a week that promised to keep getting hotter. By 2 p.m., Philadelphia cops were clustered in groups of four or six under insufficient tree shade near the high-fenced perimeter of the protest zone around FDR Park.
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August 2, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Two men connected with the Temple University Police Department have been charged with murder, according to court records. Aaron Wright, 47, and Marquis Robinson, 41, are charged with six criminal counts including murder, aggravated assault, conspiracy, and abuse of a corpse. Their addresses were unavailable Sunday. The men were charged with killing a 24-year-old woman who was reported slain at 10:40 a.m. Friday on the 4600 block of Greene Street, Philadelphia police said. A 47-year-old man was arrested at the scene, according to the department's Friday report on the killing, and court records say Wright and Robinson were charged Saturday.
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July 31, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 47-year-old man fatally beat his girlfriend Friday morning inside a house in Germantown, police said. By the time officers arrived at the home about 10:40 a.m., the 24-year-old woman was already dead, police said. The boyfriend, whose name was not released, was taken into custody. The victim's name also was withheld. A police spokeswoman said investigators believe the couple lived in the home, on the 4600 block of Greene Street. shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592 @julieshawphilly
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July 29, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey endorsed Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, saying he believes Clinton is the candidate most likely to push for an assault weapons ban and comprehensive background checks for would-be gun purchasers. "Now more than ever, we need a strong steady leader to stop the bloodshed," said Ramsey, who retired from the Philadelphia Police Department in January. "A leader that will protect our officers from being outgunned by weapons of war, and to rebuild the bonds between police and communities.
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July 25, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
Long after his retirement in 1971, Philadelphia Police Lt. John A. Stevenson would tell his children and grandchildren about the time he starred alongside Frank Rizzo and other Philadelphia officers in one of the first reality-based law enforcement shows on television. "He always talked about it. It was like family lore," said Dan Stevenson, 40, Stevenson's grandson. "We were like, 'OK, Pop Pop, you were on a TV show.' " Stevenson insisted he was on a TV show, and it was hosted by Oscar-winning actor Lee Marvin.
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