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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
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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May 6, 2010 | By KITTY CAPARELLA, caparek@phillynews.com 215-854-5880
"OH MY GOD! They shot a cop!" I shouted into the phone to a Daily News editor who was taking notes as police surrounded the MOVE compound in Powelton Village. Cops were trying to get the radical cult members to drop their weapons and come out of the basement with their children. Suddenly, gunshots came from the basement window of the MOVE house. From a third-floor apartment window, I looked down to where stakeout cop James Ramp was slowly kneeling to take a shooting position on the sidewalk with others.
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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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May 22, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Lucy Horton says she could scarcely believe her ears. Hours after she had called Delran's mayor Ken Paris "unprofessional and unethical" on her Facebook page, a township police sergeant was on the phone, "informing me that if I didn't take the Facebook post down, the mayor would be pressing harassment charges. " Paris, a two-term mayor seeking reelection this year, denies that he ordered the call. But it was the talk of the town this week. The incident went small-town viral because Horton not only refused to take down the post, she posted a new message describing the alleged police call, and denouncing Paris again.
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May 21, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man who posted a controversial video last year purporting to show police abuse was arrested late Wednesday amid accusations that he posed as a police officer himself and threatened people with a gun. Tony Soto, 29, allegedly got into a dispute over a parking space behind his home in the 6200 block of Castor Avenue in Oxford Circle around 10:30 p.m. Police said an argument ensued between Soto and a man and woman over the parking spot....
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May 20, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Police are investigating a shooting early Wednesday at an Overbrook home that left a 19-year-old man critically wounded. Authorities responded to the victim's home on the 5600 block of Lebanon Avenue about 12:15 a.m., where they found him shot in his chest and abdomen. Police said the alleged gunman and victim were arguing when the assailant pulled out his gun, firing three times at the victim, who tried to run back into his house. The victim was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in critical condition.
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May 19, 2016 | By Steve Bohnel, Staff Writer
IT ALL STARTED when Brian Burney said he was going to use the bathroom at Benjamin Franklin High School, and Jeffrey Maciocha asked if he had a hall pass. Moments later, the 11th-grader was on the ground after arguing with the police officer. "I threw an orange at the wall out of frustration," Burney said. "He punched me in my face, and put me down to the ground, and then put me in a choke hold. " Burney made his comments after a 45-minute protest outside the Philadelphia School District administration building Tuesday afternoon.
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May 19, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Police Department's practice of "scoop-and-run" during last year's Amtrak crash - transporting injured victims to hospitals instead of waiting for ambulances - meant that the injured were unevenly distributed at area hospitals in the hours after the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday. But no "significant negative medical outcomes" occurred as a result, the board concluded, and the police rush to get victims to a hospital meant that the first injured victim was already receiving care by the time a triage operation had been set up at the Train 188 crash site.
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May 15, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr and Jonathan Tamari, STAFF WRITERS
President Obama will posthumously award the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to slain Philadelphia Police Sgt. Robert Wilson III at the White House on Monday, making him the first Philadelphian to receive the national honor. The medal, which Congress commissioned in 2001, honors police, firefighters, and emergency personnel who "have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect others from harm. " Wilson, a 30-year-old father of two and an eight-year veteran of the force, was fatally shot March 5, 2015, during a robbery at a North Philadelphia GameStop store.
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May 15, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia Police Department surveillance vehicle bearing a Google Maps logo seen in Center City on Wednesday was not authorized to use the logo, officials said Friday. "We have been informed that this unmarked vehicle belongs to the Police Department," police spokesman Lt. John Stanford said in an email. "Once this was brought to our attention, it was ordered that the decals be removed immediately. " The officers who used the logo were "trying to be creative," he added. News of the "Google" surveillance vehicle broke Wednesday morning, when a University of Pennsylvania assistant professor, Matt Blaze, noticed the white SUV on 13th Street near Arch and tweeted about it. He mistakenly called it a Pennsylvania State Police vehicle, but the online magazine Motherboard soon set the record straight.
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May 12, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia Housing Authority police officer was hospitalized Tuesday evening after getting attacked with pepper spray in North Philadelphia, police said. About 6:20 p.m., police were called to 25th and Diamond Streets to respond to calls of a large fight involving mainly women, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. A 25-year-old housing officer who responded to the scene was hit in both eyes with an unknown substance that later was determined to be pepper spray, Small said. The officer was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition and had his eyes flushed, Small said.
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May 11, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, Staff Writer
Walter Zdunowski and James McNesby served their country as soldiers, busted drug dealers as cops, and now work in academia - Zdunowski as a criminal justice professor, and McNesby as director of public safety and security at Gwynedd Mercy University in Montgomery County. Given their backgrounds - which include being the first in their families to graduate from college - it's little wonder they're ready to do battle over the Philadelphia Police Department's plan to end the requirement that recruits must have earned 60 college credits.
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May 8, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia Police Officer Walter Sasse, whom friends and family described as loving, devoted, and even inspirational, was sentenced to 111/2 to 23 months in prison Tuesday for molesting a teenage girl over two years. Prosecutors had sought a sentence of five to 10 years, and sentencing guidelines called for a minimum of four years. Sasse, 78, was released to serve house arrest until he files an appeal, at which time he is to report to prison. He was convicted of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, and related offenses.
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