April 27, 2015 |
It was not long after sundown when a Camden County Police cruiser, its emergency lights off, stopped Malik Macklin in the alley behind his home in September 2013. The sergeant was searching for a man with a gun and asked Macklin what he was doing. Macklin, a soft-spoken 21-year-old who did not match the suspect's description, says he was confused about why police stopped him and did not respond. Things quickly got out of hand, and two more officers arrived. The sergeant said Macklin charged at him and a fight ensued.
November 26, 1997 |
The Township Committee last night unanimously rejected a recommendation to fire Sgt. Dale Baranoski on charges he improperly kicked a motorist during an arrest. Instead, the committee suspended him, beginning today, for 30 days without pay. The committee decided that Baranoski, a 12-year veteran of the department, used excessive force against motorist David Caceres during an arrest March 23. Two other complaints stemming from the incident - that Baranoski filed a false incident report and gave a false statement to an internal affairs officer - were dismissed by the committee.
July 8, 1987 |
The gestures came from David Meredith. The words came from an interpreter for the deaf. And yesterday, the verdict came from a federal jury in Camden, which found that a New Jersey state trooper now assigned to protect Gov. Kean used excessive force on Meredith four years ago. "I lost my balance. I turned around, lost my balance, landed on my knees. They beat me up," the interpreter said, relating Meredith's testimony to the jury last week. Meredith said, through her, that he had seen a fist coming toward him. "My eyes were closed," he said.
November 24, 2011 |
MANAMA, Bahrain - With Bahrain's king watching, the chief investigator asked to investigate his government's crackdown gave a blow-by-blow reckoning Wednesday of torture, excessive force, and fast-track justice in attempts to crush the largest Arab Spring uprising in the Gulf. Investigator Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni also said there was no evidence of Iranian links to Bahrain's Shiite-led protests. That was a clear rebuke to Gulf leaders, who accuse Tehran of playing a role in the 10-month-old showdown in the Western-allied kingdom.
March 28, 2014 |
A MAN WHOSE squashed arrest sparked a municipal-corruption probe has sued the city, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and the officers who subdued him, claiming two beat him until he was "nearly unconscious" and wounded him so badly that he required "several dozen" stitches. Rodney Handy Jr., now 24, says police used excessive force, racially profiled him and retaliated against him when he questioned why they stopped him on March 19, 2012, as he parked his car outside his Oak Lane home after work.
January 12, 1993 |
A relative of a Virginia man injured in a scuffle with two state troopers Thursday charged yesterday that the officers used excessive force in making the arrest. The man, Raymondo N. Harris, 29, was arraigned yesterday on charges of assault, resisting arrest, drug possession, driving while intoxicated and obstructing justice. He appeared in court with his wrists shackled to the armrests of a wheelchair. A scar on his left temple had been sewn shut with 30 stitches. His half-brother, Leonardo Knight, said that a catheter had been inserted into Harris' bladder because he is unable to pass urine.
July 18, 2000 |
It has been six days since the city police were videotaped in broad daylight kicking and beating carjacking suspect Thomas Jones at 26th and Oxford Streets in North Philadelphia. Three units of the Police Department, the District Attorney's Office, and the U.S. Department of Justice have begun their separate investigations. While the national and world publicity for Philadelphia has been mostly bad, calm prevails in the town itself. In the confrontation with police last Wednesday, Jones, who is 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs well over 200 pounds, allegedly shot at police, stole a patrol car and attempted to escape capture twice.
February 26, 1992 |
In a rare ruling favoring prisoners, the Supreme Court yesterday concluded, 7-2, that the use of excessive force against an inmate may be unconstitutional even though it does not cause serious injury. The majority opinion, written by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, suggested that the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment could apply to relatively minor beatings by guards as well as prison abuses that leave no telltale marks, such as hanging inmates by their thumbs, choking them or exposing them to extreme heat or cold.
September 1, 1993 |
It's been more than 15 years since a Philadelphia police officer was successfully prosecuted in federal court for civil rights violations, and now a new case is in the works. Louis Lazarde, 31, a five-year veteran of the force before he was fired two years ago, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury here for using excessive force and falsely arresting two North Philadelphia residents outside a bar in 1989, and for lying at their trial. Neither Lazarde nor his attorney could be reached for comment.
October 13, 1998 |
Where there's smoke, there's fire. It's a cute little fire-prevention ad-campaign idea former heavyweight boxing champ Smokin' Joe Frazier has been tossing around recently with city fire officials. But these days, it could also describe Smokin' Joe's smoldering indignation over his treatment by police officers and damaging comments by Police Commissioner John Timoney surrounding Frazier's April 7 arrest on drunken driving charges. Frazier, 54, was found not guilty last month in Municipal Court.