September 11, 2014 |
THE CHILDREN sobbed while they watched. The shouting had given way to the sickening sound of fury meeting flesh as their father started beating their mother, wrapping his hands around her neck, the terror spilling from one room of their North Philly home to another on March 31, 2012. Ricardo Gonzalez, an off-duty Philadelphia police officer, ended up on top of his wife, hissing threats, promising to kill her and stuff her body into a trash bag, according to court records. To calm the couple's four hysterical children, he yelled: "Stop crying!
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 15, 2014 |
THE TEAR GAS was essentially still in the air in the fall of 1968 when the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence - yes, that was a thing - formed a working group to probe the civil disorder that had just occurred at that year's Democratic National Convention in Chicago. It was there, some will recall, that police in baby-blue helmets clubbed and dragged bloodied war protesters through the streets, while TV viewers looked on and crowds chanted, "The whole world is watching.
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.
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.
August 29, 2014 |
WHATEVER happened to the good old days of Tattle when our lead stories were about Paris Hilton , Britney Spears and Tiger Woods ? Oh, what we wouldn't give for a good sex scandal instead of so much violence. Although we'd love to write about the lunacy of giving a 9-year-old girl shooting lessons with an Uzi (see anywhere that loves viral videos), fitting in better with our entertainment motif is this story out of Omaha, Neb., in which police officers who opened fire during a robbery at a Wendy's killed a "Cops" crew member as well as the suspect.
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