October 29, 2014 |
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.
September 28, 2011 |
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.
August 21, 2013 |
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.
March 28, 2012 |
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.
October 14, 2013 |
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.
October 19, 2014 |
AS ERROL George O'Meally's family mourned at his funeral Thursday, investigators charged another of the three men who they believe shot him during a botched 2012 robbery. Michael S. Jackson, 20, has been charged with murder, conspiracy, aggravated assault and related offenses for his role in the slaying, police said yesterday. O'Meally, 55, died Oct. 2 from complications of the injuries he received two years ago. Jackson was already in custody for the assault at the time of O'Meally's death, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman.
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.
February 13, 2012 |
AFTER PUTTING out a name and photo of a man whom police said escaped from their custody outside Pennsylvania Hospital on Thursday, cops issued a news release Saturday saying that they had identified the wrong man. "Through further investigation, it has been determined that the . . . information regarding an escaped prisoner was released in error," the release said. "The male identified . . . is not wanted. The correct identity of the escaped prisoner is not available at this time. " The person who was initially identified by police as the escapee - Randall Stiles, 22, of Lindenwood Street near Race, in West Philly - told the Daily News yesterday that he found out on Friday that he was a wanted man. A woman in his neighborhood showed him a computer printout of a paper with his photo on it, he said as he stood outside his house in the bitter cold.
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.
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