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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.
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April 15, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
I COULDN'T stop staring at the mug shot of Najee Rivera that every news outlet seemed to use when on Monday, two Philly police officers were found not guilty of beating him up during a traffic stop in May 2013. Rivera has since died, killed in a street fight in December 2015. But back then, in that photo, his right eye swelled purple, his forehead was dotted with Band-Aids soaked red. The cops said he resisted arrest, but surveillance video that Rivera's determined girlfriend found after canvassing the neighborhood showed Officers Sean McKnight and Kevin Robinson mowing Rivera's scooter down with their cruiser, and then throwing him against a wall and the ground as he cried out under fists and batons.
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March 31, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A female groomer at a PetSmart store in South Philadelphia was attacked by a customer's bullmastiff, police said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman suffered cuts to her hand, arm and ankle, and was taken to Methodist Hospital, police said. The incident happened about 7:50 a.m. Tuesday when the employee was trying to groom the dog, police said. The mastiff then attacked a Pomeranian in the grooming area of the store on the 2300 block of Oregon Avenue, according to police and a spokeswoman for PetSmart.
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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.
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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
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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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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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April 21, 2016
Burlington City Police are looking for a missing 15-year-old girl. Police said there is nothing suspicious about the disappearance of Trinity Boykin, but that they don't want to take any chances. "We still want to bring her home," Lt. John Fine said. "We don't want to become complacent. " He said Trinity's mother reported her missing Tuesday, a day after the girl did not come home after school. The girl posted on social media Monday night saying she was at a friend's house, somewhere near the NJ Transit River Line.
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April 21, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
A 39-year-old police officer in Haverford Township died Sunday after a sudden illness, his department announced Tuesday. William Albertus, a seven-year veteran of the force, suffered a medical emergency April 10 while playing ice hockey in a police league, said Chief John Viola. Albertus, who was married with three young children, died of natural causes at Crozier-Chester Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized for a week, Viola said. "He was a great family man," Viola said.
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April 15, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
I COULDN'T stop staring at the mug shot of Najee Rivera that every news outlet seemed to use when on Monday, two Philly police officers were found not guilty of beating him up during a traffic stop in May 2013. Rivera has since died, killed in a street fight in December 2015. But back then, in that photo, his right eye swelled purple, his forehead was dotted with Band-Aids soaked red. The cops said he resisted arrest, but surveillance video that Rivera's determined girlfriend found after canvassing the neighborhood showed Officers Sean McKnight and Kevin Robinson mowing Rivera's scooter down with their cruiser, and then throwing him against a wall and the ground as he cried out under fists and batons.
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ISSUE | LeSEAN McCOY Sgt. PĂ©rignon? The article about the Old City bar fight involving former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, which left two off-duty police officers hospitalized ("D.A. won't charge McCoy in bar brawl," Tuesday), raises an interesting question: How could the two officers and a sergeant afford four bottles of champagne costing $1,050? |Terry M. Cook, Phoenixville
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April 9, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Two former Philadelphia police officers told a city jury Thursday that they used only the force needed to subdue and handcuff a struggling Fairhill man who eluded them on a scooter after a traffic stop and then drove the wrong way on Lehigh Avenue. The testimony by Sean McKnight and Kevin Robinson closed two days of testimony in their Common Pleas Court criminal trial involving the 2013 arrest and prosecution of 23-year-old Najee Rivera. On Friday, the jury of seven men and five women will hear closing arguments by McKnight's attorney Brian J. McMonagle; Robinson's attorney Fortunato N. Perri Jr.; and Assistant District Attorney Andrew Wellbrock.
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April 9, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia jury will continue deliberating Friday in the trial of a former Philadelphia police officer accused of hurling racial epithets and threatening to kill an African American man during a predawn traffic mishap in South Philadelphia. The Common Pleas Court jury of nine women and three men - including three African Americans - reviewed the evidence for about three hours Thursday before breaking in the trial of Edward Sawicki III. Sawicki, 36, a police officer for almost nine years, the son of a city police officer and nephew of another, is charged with simple assault, terroristic threats, and a weapons count, in an Oct. 20, 2013, altercation with Lamar Fouse, 39. The incident happened about 2:45 a.m. at Ninth and Wharton Streets, one of South Philly's iconic intersections, the site of Geno's and Pat's cheesesteak shops.
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April 7, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, STAFF WRITER
A traffic mishap, two men yelling, swearing at and threatening each other. "It happens every single night, especially on weekends," said Daniel Iannuzzi, describing the intersection of Ninth Street and Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia where hundreds often queue up at either Geno's or Pat's. What distinguished what happened about 2:45 a.m. on Oct. 20, 2013, Iannuzzi said, was that one of the disputants was white and the other black, and the white man spouted racial slurs, pulled up his shirt to reveal a gun, and told the black man: "I'll smoke you. " Furthermore, the white man was an off-duty Philadelphia police officer, Edward Sawicki III, 36, a nine-year veteran of the force.
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April 4, 2016
Police on Saturday said a 13-year-old boy who was struck Friday by a police vehicle on North Broad Street, at the border of Spring Garden and North Philadelphia, was hit after the boy and two other kids darted out into the street. The boy suffered a non-life-threatening injury and was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was in stable condition Friday. Sgt. Eric Gripp, a police spokesman, said Saturday that he could not release updates about the teen's condition because of privacy regulations.
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April 2, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
Why, defense lawyer David Fryman asked a jury Thursday, did police wait 14 years to charge Daniel Dougherty with setting the 1985 fire that killed his two young sons? Only hours after the Oxford Circle blaze, investigators had interviewed the witnesses and determined that the cause was arson. The case, supposedly, Fryman said, was murder - the horrendous killing of two little boys, in their bed, by their own father. Then why did they wait? They waited, Fryman said, because they had doubt.
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