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September 9, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
If police think someone has child pornography on his computer, should investigators be able to force him to provide his passwords - or would that violate his constitutional right against self-incrimination? That issue was at the heart of an appellate hearing Wednesday in federal court in Philadelphia in the case of Francis Rawls, a former Philadelphia police sergeant, who has not been charged with a crime but who has been in custody for nearly a year in contempt of court for failing to unlock his encrypted electronic devices.
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September 8, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
An off-duty Philadelphia police officer shot his 19-year-old son Monday night during a scuffle inside the officer's Northeast Philadelphia home, Commissioner Richard Ross said Tuesday. Investigators were working to answer a number of questions, including whether the officer pulled the trigger intentionally, or if the gun accidentally went off during the tussle, Ross said. "It is our belief that the father pulled the trigger, but we don't know if it was done accidentally or intentionally," Ross said.
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September 8, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
Two men charged with critically wounding an Atlantic City police officer during an armed robbery outside a casino appeared in court Tuesday. Officer Joshlee Vadell, 29, was shot in the head during the shootout early Saturday and remains in critical but stable condition at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center-City Division, officials said. The suspects, Martel D. Chisolm, 29, of Millville, N.J., and Demetris Cross, 28, of Bridgeton, N.J., made an initial appearance Tuesday afternoon before Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury in Mays Landing.
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September 7, 2016 | By Alfred Lubrano, Staff Writer
The Atlantic City police officer who was shot outside a casino Saturday during an armed robbery is suffering from a head wound but is improving, according to sources. The officer, Joshlee Vadell, 29, gave a thumbs-up from his bed at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center-City Division over the weekend, the sources said. Officials said Vadell was in critical but stable condition Monday. The shootout occurred around 2:30 a.m. after Vadell and his partner, both in uniform, observed a robbery involving six men near the Caesars Atlantic City parking garage on Arkansas Avenue.
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September 6, 2016
A man who struck several vehicles in West Philadelphia Saturday night and tried to flee the scene on foot was then confronted by a gunman who shot him several times, according to police. Officers found the 29-year-old shooting victim on the 5200 block of Parrish Street around 10:48 p.m. with gunshot wounds to his neck, stomach and buttocks. He was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition Sunday. Investigators have determined that prior to the shooting, the victim was driving and had hit several parked vehicles on the block, police said.
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September 4, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
A police officer in Gloucester County was charged with soliciting a prostitute while on duty and witness tampering, prosecutors said Friday. William H. Dick 3rd, 42, a patrolman with the Greenwich Township Police Department, allegedly committed official misconduct on April 22 "by engaging in sexual acts with a prostitute while on duty," his criminal complaint says, adding that he paid for the sex. Dick, in a telephone conversation, also attempted...
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September 3, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITER
When a Philadelphia police officer was ambushed by a gunman who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, authorities said he was shot with a stolen police firearm. And they said little else. Now, documents and court records shed light on some of the mystery about that weapon, showing that Officer Jesse Hartnett was critically wounded in January by a Glock reported stolen by a veteran colleague three years earlier. The gun used to shoot Hartnett, 34, was the department-issue weapon of Officer Leon Pearson, a 26-year-veteran of the department, records show.
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September 3, 2016 | By Chris Palmer and Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITERS
Mayor Kenney on Thursday condemned a photo of a Philadelphia police officer with an apparent Nazi-style tattoo on his arm, saying the tattoo was "incredibly offensive" and not the sort of message police should be giving the community. The Police Department also said its Internal Affairs unit would review the photo, which began circulating on social media Wednesday night. It showed a bike-patrol officer with a tattoo on his left forearm of an apparent spread-winged eagle resembling a symbol used by the Nazis, and above it the tattooed word Fatherland in Gothic letters.
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August 30, 2016
Officers who pulled over a bullet-riddled vehicle in North Philadelphia early Sunday morning were surprised to find that the driver had a bullet wound as well. Around 1 a.m., police on patrol in the 1300 block of West Erie Avenue saw a White Audi with bullet holes in the windshield and door driving south on Germantown Avenue, police said. Officers pulled the vehicle over and found the 28-year-old driver had a bullet graze wound to this left side of his head. He was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.
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A man driving a stolen vehicle in North Philadelphia Friday night crashed into a police car, causing heavy front-end damage to the cruiser, police said Saturday. The crash occurred about 9 p.m. when the driver of the stolen vehicle, who was heading the wrong way south on 23rd Street, ran into the front of the police cruiser, which was traveling on the 2200 block of Montgomery Avenue. The police officer, who was responding to a chase of a person on foot, had minor injuries and did not seek medical attention, police said.
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