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October 3, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writergambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
KENNETH ALLEN, a Philly cop who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend while both were on duty, was taken into custody by Internal Affairs investigators yesterday. Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office, said Allen had been arrested. He has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, possession on an instrument of crime, recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said Allen, who joined the force in 2011, will be suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.
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October 3, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
AN EX-COP who was fired last year has filed a lawsuit claiming his bosses retaliated against him for reporting alleged corruption and says he was discriminated against because he is white. Gerald Passalacqua, a former officer with the Narcotics Field Unit-South who had been with the department about 20 years, filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday against the city, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and others on the police force. The lawsuit claims he was falsely accused of taking $880 during a narcotics unit search of a South Philly drug house in September 2012.
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October 2, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
A PHILLY COP has been stripped of his police powers because he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend - who is also a cop - while both were on duty Friday night. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said yesterday that both officers were in uniform and working in West Philadelphia's 18th District when the incident unfolded. "It's my understanding that they are dating," he said. "During the course of this domestic, it's alleged that the [male] officer did strike the [female] officer, causing some injury.
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October 2, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE EVENT HALL at Park and Chew avenues in Fern Rock has a sign outside that says it's a day-care, so its promoters need all the help they can get to draw attention to the hall's pay-at-the-door weekend parties. Now the hall, which sometimes markets itself as the Nifiji Club, is getting a lot of special attention - from the Police Department and District Attorney's Office. Officials met with concerned neighborhood residents last night - two weeks after a wild shootout following a motorcycle club's party at the hall left two people dead and two injured - and pledged that if they have anything to do with it, the hall's doors won't be open much longer.
NEWS
October 1, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
SIXTEEN MONTHS ago, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office said ex-cop Richard DeCoatsworth was a pimp who terrorized the two women who worked as his prostitutes. City prosecutors painted such an ominous picture of the once-hero cop that a judge ordered him held for trial on more than 30 charges. Bail was initially set at a staggering $60 million and later revoked altogether. Yesterday, DeCoatsworth, 28, after being locked up for 16 months, was released on his own recognizance by Common Pleas Judge Charles Ehrlich.
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October 1, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Citing insufficient evidence, prosecutors have dropped rape and related charges against former Philadelphia Police Officer Richard DeCoatsworth, who was released from jail Monday. As a rookie cop in 2007, DeCoatsworth was hailed as a hero after being shot in the face while on duty and pursuing his assailant despite his injuries. In May 2013, after an armed standoff at his Port Richmond house, he was arrested and charged with raping two prostitutes. But on Monday, the District Attorney's Office released a statement saying it had conducted an intense follow-up investigation and determined there was not enough evidence to proceed in the alleged rapes.
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October 1, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
ONE UPPER DARBY mother took her parenting cues from LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out," when she urged her daughter to fight another girl in the parking lot of a gas station on Friday afternoon, police said. "She flunked Parenting 101," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. "Kids are kids but parents that push them to have a fight, that makes no sense whatsoever. " This month's contender for mother of the year, Nicole Holton, 36, was shameless when police broke up the fight and tried to get to the bottom of how it started, Chitwood said.
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September 28, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A BUS crash yesterday claimed the life of a young mother as she tried to cross the street, police said. Just before 7:30 p.m., police were called to the scene of a SEPTA bus crash on Washington Avenue near 15th Street in South Philadelphia, said Capt. Anthony Ginaldi. There officers found an 8-year-old boy trying to rouse his mother, who was lying in the middle of the street. The woman, 29, was trying to cross Washington Avenue with her son and a 32-year-old man, running to beat the bus as it turned, Ginaldi said.
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September 28, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE LEGAL fallout from disgraced ex-narcotics cop Jeffrey Walker continued yesterday, as a judge overturned another 59 of his drug convictions. The cases were first reopened, then dismissed, by Common Pleas Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper as part of an agreement between the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and the Defender Association of Philadelphia. To date, 162 convictions resulting from Walker's arrests have been tossed out, said attorney Bradley Bridge, of the Defender Association, which filed most of the petitions to reopen the cases.
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