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May 4, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey believed police recruits should have at least two years of college under their belts before their boots hit the streets. "I think we do a disservice to young people by having them go through school thinking that they can get good-paying jobs without at least looking at some level of college work," Ramsey said last year, defending his policy of requiring recruits to have earned 60 college credit hours or served two years in the military.
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April 29, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
Willie L. Williams, 72, an Overbrook native who became the first African American to head the Philadelphia and Los Angeles Police Departments and a major figure in law enforcement in the 1990s, died Tuesday night at his home in Fayetteville, Ga. Mr. Williams' sister-in-law Pat Odoms said pancreatic cancer was the cause. Mr. Williams, who began his career in 1964 as a Fairmount Park guard, was appointed Philadelphia's police commissioner in 1988 and served for four years. He earned widespread praise for improving police-community relations, increasing diversity in the upper ranks, and decentralizing the department.
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April 28, 2016
A 38-year-old man was in critical condition Tuesday after allegedly being shot once in his chest by his own father, police said. Police said the shooting happened about 1 p.m. outside on the 3200 block of Princeton Avenue in Mayfair following an argument between the father and son. The victim was taken to Aria Health's Torresdale Hospital. Police said an arrest was made and a gun was recovered. Neither the father nor the son's names were immediately released. - Julie Shaw
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
A South Jersey police officer is being credited with preventing two people from committing suicide when he stopped to check out a suspicious vehicle during a routine patrol. Bellmawr police said Patrolman Jared Walton spotted the vehicle in an unusual location in a business parking lot about 1:45 a.m. Monday. The officer saw two people inside the vehicle, which had the motor running, windows up, and a hose attached to the exhaust pipe, with the other end running into the vehicle.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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