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April 27, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 26, 1997 | By David E. Wilson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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July 8, 1987 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 24, 2011 | By Barbara Surk, Associated Press
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.
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March 28, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
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.
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January 12, 1993 | By Bryon MacWilliams, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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July 18, 2000 | By Acel Moore
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.
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February 26, 1992 | By Aaron Epstein, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
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.
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September 1, 1993 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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October 13, 1998 | by Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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April 12, 2016
BALTIMORE - A year after the death of Freddie Gray, a small part of his legacy can be seen at a southwest Baltimore recreation center, where the pounding of basketballs and squeak of sneakers echo off the walls as young black men in shorts and sweats face off. Ken Hurst, a white policeman, watches from the side, a bum knee the only thing that keeps him from playing. He visits the game each week, not to make arrests but to make friends. "I need them to realize I'm not out here to lock everyone up," he says.
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August 6, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
THIS TIME AROUND, jurors showed little confusion in the retrial of a civil case against two cops over a 2013 stop-and-frisk. After an hour of deliberation yesterday, the U.S. District Court jury found that officers David O'Connor and Brad Momme had not used excessive force against ex-cop Herbert Spellman, and had not violated his constitutional rights or caused him unreasonable harm when they stopped and frisked him. Jury foreman Shanene King said...
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July 3, 2015 | BY JENNIFER WRIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer wrightj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
FORMER Philadelphia Police Sgt. Brandon Ruff alleged that his arrest last year was unlawful and done with excessive force, but a federal jury didn't see it that way. After an hour of deliberation yesterday, the jury unanimously dismissed his claims of wrongful arrest and use of excessive force against six 35th District officers when Ruff tried to turn in three guns at the station in August. "The officers are very relieved and satisfied with their day in court and the jury's decision," said Chief Deputy City Solicitor Craig Straw, who represented the defendants.
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June 30, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
To the three Camden police officers on patrol that May afternoon, the group of young people standing behind a vacant house with a .32-caliber revolver and a video camera looked suspicious. Ta'Quan Allen, 19, and his three friends say the weapon - which Allen said had been passed down through his family for protection - was being used as a prop for a film he was recording. The friends were rehearsing a scene when the officers approached. The encounter could have been dangerous, police said.
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June 18, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
FREDERICK SMITH was miffed. You'd be, too, if you parked your car at the curb, walked immediately to the parking kiosk to pay and returned seconds later to find a meter maid writing a ticket. Smith used some unpleasant language on that hazy May 19 afternoon at 12th and Chestnut in Center City. The Philadelphia Parking Authority ticket-writer, no doubt used to foul-mouthed freak-outs, calmly explained that the ticket was for expired inspection stickers, rather than any parking offense.
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April 27, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 7, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
GIVEN OUR TRACK record of clearing bad cops, this might be a little hard to believe: Not every cop who behaves badly gets a pass. In November, a federal jury awarded Khadijah White $31,000 in a wrongful-arrest suit against several Philadelphia police officers, the commander of the Police Department's Civil Affairs Unit and the city's public safety director after White was arrested and injured outside the Municipal Services Building. On March 12, 2012, White was protesting peacefully with other demonstrators outside a public hearing on the mayor's proposed ban against feeding the homeless when a scuffle broke out between police and protesters.
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October 29, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
VIDEO THAT surfaced last week showing a corrections officer in Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility allegedly beating a handcuffed prisoner has spurred allegations of preferential treatment of employees based on race in the city's largest jail. Curran-Fromhold Warden Michele Farrell recommended a five-day suspension for the officer, James Weisback, for using excessive force, prison spokeswoman Shawn Hawes said. That recommendation is awaiting approval from Prisons Commissioner Louis Giorla, Hawes said.
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July 4, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Xavier Ingram darts across South Seventh Street in Camden at night in the grainy surveillance video, with two Camden County police officers pursuing him on foot. He gets halfway across - his legs flying - before he falls back-first onto the pavement. Authorities insist this is when Ingram, 20, becomes paralyzed from the neck down. His family, however, suspects that the actions of officers after the fall contributed to his paralysis. What happened is difficult to decipher in the video, which the Camden County Prosecutor's Office provided Wednesday to The Inquirer.
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May 24, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge has dismissed claims that city police used excessive force and performed unreasonable searches when dismantling an Occupy Philadelphia encampment on Dilworth Plaza in 2011. But in the case brought by 26 of the demonstrators, U.S. District Judge Berle Schiller ruled this week that their attempts to secure damages for unlawful arrest, retaliation and other alleged civil rights violations could proceed to trial. In a November lawsuit, the protesters contended that police, under the direction of Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, violated their rights to free speech and assembly by arresting them without probable cause.
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