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June 15, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe and Daniel Block, STAFF WRITERS
The Chester Police Department announced Monday the roll-out of body cameras for 10 patrol officers, marking the first step toward increased transparency for a force that has been beset by tensions with its community. The move comes after outcry this winter over two police-involved shootings that occurred within five weeks earlier this year. After the first shooting, Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland announced in February at a town hall meeting that body cameras and increased surveillance cameras are a priority for his administration.
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June 15, 2016 | By Allison Steele, STAFF WRITER
For months, Carlos Pacheco told his mother, his sisters, and anyone who would listen that he was behind bars because a police officer had arrested him for no reason, then lied about it. Last week, Pacheco learned that the charges against him, which included threatening the officer, had been dropped. His case was one of 18 that have been dismissed by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office in the wake of charges filed against Camden County Police Officer Douglas Dickinson, who is accused of filing false reports and simple assault in two incidents over the last year.
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June 12, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A Camden County police officer has been charged with filing false police reports and simple assault in two incidents in Camden over the last year, leading prosecutors to dismiss 18 cases in which he was involved. County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo said her office had tossed cases in which Officer Douglas Dickinson would have been the only witness called to testify. She said in a statement that her office was still reviewing the officer's work and expected more dismissals. "Our office has a legal obligation to dismiss cases tainted by the possibility of police misconduct," Colalillo said.
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June 9, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 47-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed a woman in a Bucks County shopping center while trying to rob and sexually assault her Monday night. Angel Ramos, 47, whose last known address was in Hatboro, Montgomery County, was charged with attempted robbery, aggravated assault, possession of an instrument of crime, indecent assault, and related offenses, and is being held in the Bucks County jail on $7.5 million bail. About 10:45 p.m. Monday, Ramos allegedly attacked a 33-year-old woman who was sitting in her car in the Center Point Place Shopping Center in Warminster.
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June 8, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
It was the summer of 2015, and Philadelphia Police Officer Thomas Vitanovitz was ashamed – and addicted. Two shoulder surgeries from on-the-job injuries had led to a prescription for pain pills, and when it was time to stop taking them, he couldn't. "By the time I needed help, I was scared, extremely scared," he said. "I was embarrassed and ashamed to be a cop that has a pill problem. " In a telephone interview Monday, just hours after the U.S. Attorney's Office charged him with attempted extortion - and a police spokesman confirmed he had been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss - Vitanovitz, 31, shared his story of addiction, recovery, and gratitude.
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June 4, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia Police Officer Sean Cave has unintentionally become a wide receiver - of praise, that is - after his game of street football with a group of young boys Monday in Germantown was posted to social media. Facebook user Melanie Wright posted two photos and a video of Cave playing with the boys on Memorial Day. "As I sat & watched," her caption read, "this cop got my nephews & a few other boys together & played football with them, for a long while. Then he sat them down & talked to them about doing well in school & not getting into trouble.
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June 3, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
An off-duty Philadelphia police officer's bullet flew into a lobby at Temple University Hospital late Tuesday, one of three shots he fired at a driver whose car had collided with his motorcycle in North Philadelphia, police said. No one was seriously injured, although the officer - whom police did not identify Wednesday - was treated for abrasions to his knees and elbows. He is an eight-year veteran assigned to North Philadelphia's 22nd District, police said. It was the second time in less than a month that a Philadelphia officer had fired at a moving vehicle, which is generally against Police Department regulations.
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June 3, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITER
Brazen burglars who broke into a Mayfair house Tuesday afternoon were surprised when the resident – an off-duty Philadelphia police officer – returned home and interrupted the heist. The officer, an eight-year veteran assigned to the 12th District whose identity was not released by police, fired his gun once during the ordeal, but nobody was injured, police said. The alleged burglars, Ricky Mosley, 37, and Lynel Henry, 22, were apprehended after a brief pursuit and were charged with burglary, trespass and related offenses.
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June 2, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Authorities have identified the man who died in Pennypack Creek on Memorial Day, apparently trying to rescue his dog. Philadelphia police on Tuesday said 67-year-old Alexander Rus, of the city's Rhawnhurst section, was pulled from the rain-swollen creek near the 8500 block of Verree Road. People who had been fishing found his body in the water at about 9:30 a.m. Monday. A preliminary investigation indicated Rus went into the water to save his dog, but it remained unclear exactly what happened.
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