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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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July 25, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A TEEN WAS dead last night, cut down on a North Philly block not far from where he lived. Just after 7:15 p.m., police found the 19-year-old stabbed in the right side of his chest at 21st Street and Indiana Avenue, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. He had collapsed in front of the Redeemer's Deliverance Church. A blood trail charted his path from the opposite corner of 21st Street, from where he staggered after the stabbing, according to Small. Emergency medical personnel took him to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just after 8 p.m., Small said.
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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
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
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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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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February 1, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
SEVERAL Philadelphia police officers are accused of bursting into an apartment, harassing its occupants, planting drugs on them and making false arrests. The federal lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, names Officers Thomas Liciardello, Michael Spicer, John Speiser, Brian Reynolds, Thomas Kuhn, Charles Kapusniak and Gina Jackson, all current or former narcotics officers. It alleges that they, along with numerous unnamed cops, broke through an unlocked door of an apartment in Somerton to execute a search warrant July 31 - but that it was the wrong apartment.
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July 31, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A WOMAN who Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood called "Madam Heroin" has been charged with drug delivery resulting in death for allegedly injecting her boyfriend with a fatal dose of heroin in April. Chitwood said it's the first time in his nine-year tenure with the Upper Darby police that his department has used the charge, which is a felony that falls under criminal homicide in the Pennsylvania Crimes Code. On April 1, Jacquelyn Scala, 36, called police to the apartment she shared with Fiore Caputo, 59, on Hiawatha Lane near Dermond Road in Drexel Hill because Caputo was dead.
NEWS
July 31, 2014
THE CRIMINAL GANG was ruthless and relentless: kidnapping and beating up victims, stealing money and property, and dealing drugs. What set them apart from an ordinary criminal cabal was not their greediness. What set them apart was that they were police. In the latest black eye on the Philadelphia Police Department, a 42-page federal indictment released yesterday describes in chilling language a "criminal organization" whose six members organized for the purpose of "generating money for the members through crimes including robbery, extortion, kidnapping and drug dealing and concealing those activities from law enforcement scrutiny.
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July 31, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THELMA BROWN has one thing to say about Jonathan Rosa and Cornelius Crawford, the two men police say struck her and killed three kids she loved dearly: "They are very lucky that the police officers got them before the people around here that know me did," she said last night in an interview on her front porch in Tioga. "Because otherwise, the cops would've had to bring body bags. " Brown, 69, was released from Hahnemann University Hospital last night, nearly a week after she was struck by a stolen vehicle as she sold fruit for a church fundraiser at Germantown and Allegheny avenues.
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July 31, 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.
NEWS
July 31, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Mark Fazlollah, and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Stories of shakedowns, brutality, kidnapping, and theft have dogged a group of the city's Narcotics Field Unit officers for nearly a decade. But despite multiple investigations, cases against them never stuck. Federal prosecutors set out to change that Wednesday, laying out a sprawling racketeering case against six of the unit's former members. The charges paint them as rogue cops running roughshod over the rights of their targets, confident that few would believe anyone who dared complain.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & DYLAN SEGELBAUM, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THERE ARE monsters among us, but it seems two of them are off the streets now. A handful of city officials crowded around a podium at police headquarters yesterday afternoon and announced that investigators had locked up the two men who they say brought unspeakable horror to North Philadelphia on Friday. When all is said and done, according to District Attorney Seth Williams, Cornelius Crawford, 24, and Jonathan Rosa, 19, could face life in prison for their 15-minute reign of terror.
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July 30, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
AN IRATE FATHER delivered a knuckle sandwich to a Wawa customer at a touch-screen kiosk on Sunday because he believed the man was ogling his daughter instead of the food, police said. Now, Upper Darby police are asking for the public's help in identifying the furious father or his darling daughter. The incident occurred about 5:20 p.m. at the Wawa on 69th Street near Patterson Avenue. The victim, 47, was ordering a sandwich when the diligent dad approached him, accused him of eyeing his daughter and then coldcocked him, police said.
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July 29, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ & JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writers madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
PHILADELPHIA police last night were questioning two men in connection with a carjacking Friday that killed three children at a fruit stand, critically injured their mother and broke the city's heart. "We are talking to two persons of interest as we speak," Homicide Captain James Clark said shortly after 9 p.m. He did not identify the men, but said that a news conference might be held today. Sources told 6ABC that one man turned himself in yesterday with his mother and a pastor, and that another man was picked up by U.S. Marshals and Philly police around 8 p.m. on 6th Street near Cambria, in the Fairhill section of North Philly.
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July 25, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THE AMERICAN Civil Liberties Union and others yesterday filed a federal lawsuit against the city and two cops on behalf of a Temple University student who they say was unlawfully arrested last year when he photographed a group of cops gathered outside a North Philly house. The complaint follows previous cases in which cops allegedly assaulted or arrested other civilians who tried to film police actions in public and a September 2011 memorandum by Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey that instructed officers to allow themselves to be recorded.
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