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January 30, 2013 | By Abigail Hauslohner and Ingy Hassieb, Washington Post
CAIRO - Egypt's military chief warned Tuesday of a potential "collapse of the state" after a fourth night of violent street battles between protesters and Egyptian security forces in Cairo and other major cities, heightening the prospect that the country's military might be forced to intervene. The warning from Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, who also serves as defense minister, indicated that troops could be pressed into action soon, analysts said. But it remained unclear on whose behalf the generals might interfere, underscoring the lingering questions about the scope of President Mohamed Morsi's control over the armed forces and state institutions that once answered to Hosni Mubarak.
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December 12, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
ALTHOUGH FRANK Tepper didn't need any more bad news, the disgraced, in-prison-for-life ex-Philadelphia cop got plenty of it Tuesday, when a federal jury ordered him to pay $4.7 million in compensatory and punitive damages to the parents of the man he shot to death in November 2009 during a drunken rage. The civil verdict from the eight jurors freed the city from any financial liability for Tepper's fatal shooting of William Panas Jr. The jury found that Tepper - off duty and in civilian clothing - was acting in official city capacity as a cop when he shot Panas, 21, during a melee in front of the officer's Port Richmond home.
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December 7, 2012 | By Allison Steele and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
Amid mounting concerns about credibility, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey has transferred five Philadelphia narcotics officers and a lieutenant to quieter, lower-profile units. Ramsey confirmed Wednesday that he ordered the transfers, but declined to discuss his reasons for doing so. According to multiple sources, the District Attorney's Office recently informed Ramsey that prosecutors no longer wanted to call the officers to testify in drug cases. Those sources said the District Attorney's Office had determined that the officers' credibility was too badly damaged.
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December 6, 2012 | INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
By Allison Steele Six narcotics officers in the Philadelphia Police Department have been transferred to other units following allegations from the District Attorney's office that their credibility is too compromised for them to participate in drug cases. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said he transferred the officers Tuesday, but declined to comment on his reasons for doing so. Four were moved to Center City districts, one to the traffic unit, and the other to the South Detective division.
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October 3, 2012 | By Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press
CAIRO - Amnesty International on Tuesday took Egypt's new president to task for failing to address the "bloody legacy" of abuses by security forces committed under military rule after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, which continue even after the establishment of the country's first freely elected government. The rights group urged President Mohammed Morsi to hold the military accountable for the killing, torture, and sexual abuse of protesters during the 18 months when the generals held power after Mubarak's February 2011 ouster.
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September 28, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer
A pregnant woman who says she lost her baby after police zapped her with a stun gun seven times outside her North Philadelphia home in 2010 filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit this week against the city and three police officers involved in the incident. Naimah Jones, 35, is suing for assault and battery, false arrest, malicious prosecution and emotional distress. The incident occurred Nov. 27, 2010, when Jones, en route to her parents' house to celebrate Thanksgiving, stopped home to grab some luggage.
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September 28, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer
A WOMAN WHO contends that she lost a pregnancy after being zapped by police with a stun gun seven times outside her North Philadelphia home in 2010 filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit this week against the city and the three officers involved. Naimah Jones, 35, is suing for assault and battery, false arrest, malicious prosecution and emotional distress. The incident occurred Nov. 27, 2010, when Jones, en route to her parents' house to celebrate Thanksgiving, stopped home to grab some luggage.
NEWS
August 7, 2012
New Jersey prosecutors have asked a federal judge for permission to end their defense of a state trooper accused of using excessive force during an arrest three years ago, according to a published report. The Star-Ledger reported that the state Attorney General's Office filed its request July 27 after deciding it had a "professional obligation" to withdraw its representation of Staff Sgt. Richard Wambold Jr. The state cited a conflict of interest, saying it would be defending Wambold while also prosecuting him internally on administrative misconduct charges.
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June 14, 2012 | By Stephanie Farr, Daily News Staff Writer
A PHILADELPHIA MAN claims that state troopers' misuse of Tasers set him ablaze along the Schuylkill Expressway, and a central Pennsylvania family claims that troopers' use of excessive force, including Tasers, led to the father's death, according to federal civil lawsuits filed in Philadelphia. The suits come after a study published in an American Heart Association journal in April that concludes that Taser shocks to the chest can result in cardiac arrest and death. But Rick Smith, co-founder of Taser International, said that the study's author is often paid as a witness to testify in civil suits against Taser guns and is "overstating the risk.
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February 22, 2012 | By Bill Reed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three Bucks County sheriff's deputies were fired Tuesday, and face charges of lying to grand jury that is also investigating a fourth deputy, sources said today. County Sheriff Edward "Duke" Donnelly declined to comment on personnel matters. The fired deputies are Dave Prudish, James McAndrews and William Kline, a source said. They testified in a state grand jury probe of Deputy Gary Browndorf. The investigation led to Browndorf being charged with using excessive force while making an arrest.
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