December 28, 1994 |
First, Gbolohan Olabode was mistakenly arrested in a West Philadelphia laundry after three University of Pennsylvania students were robbed in their nearby apartment and one of them was indecently assaulted. Olabode, then a Temple University student who was washing his clothes, spent 43 days in a city prison before the charges were dropped. Then, when he sued the city in federal court for damages to compensate him for his pain and suffering in his false arrest as the so-called "Cologne Bandit," the sweet-smelling crook who committed a series of robberies in the city, Olabode didn't get a fair trial.
June 25, 1987 |
Delisa Harris Spence, a 30-year-old black woman, doesn't look Italian. Nor does she look like the 18-year-old white woman Bucks County sheriff's deputies were looking for when they arrested her on Feb. 6, 1986, said her attorney, Marc Rickles. He said Spence, of Durham Road in Penndel, Bucks County, is a "dark- skinned woman" who looks her age - 30. Rickles this week filed a $250,000 lawsuit on Spence's behalf in U.S. District Court, charging false arrest. The deputies arrested Spence on a bench warrant sworn out for Lisa J. Delissa, also known as Lisa Direnzo, who had long vacated her apartment on Durham Road.
August 27, 2014 |
A Philadelphia police sergeant detained and later pulled from duty for trying to turn in handguns anonymously to police is now suing the department for false arrest and other alleged civil-rights violations. Sgt. Brandon Ruff, an eight-year veteran assigned to Powelton's 16th District, claims he was detained for more than six hours and brutalized after he walked into the 35th District headquarters in Ogontz on Aug. 3 to surrender three guns, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday.
July 21, 1987 |
A Philadelphia police officer has been charged with beating a handcuffed Laotian refugee with his nightstick last summer after illegally arresting the man for public drunkenness inside his South Philadelphia home. Officer Frank Gustis, of the 17th Police District, 20th and Federal streets, was charged yesterday with simple assault, false imprisonment, official oppression and making false reports in connection with the alleged beating of Souphanh Phomsaath, 29, on July 13, 1986.
March 30, 2016 |
A Philadelphia jury returned a split verdict Monday in the trial of a former SEPTA police officer accused of roughing up and falsely arresting a nurse after a Christmas 2013 argument in a Suburban Station doughnut shop. The Common Pleas Court jury of six men and six women deliberated about two hours before finding Douglas Ioven guilty of misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment and official oppression involving the arrest of Muibat Williamson. The jury acquitted Ioven, 44, of simple assault and obstruction of administration of law. The assault count involved Williamson's allegation that Ioven stepped on her foot after cutting in line at a Dunkin' Donuts shop in the concourse and later banged her head into an ATM trying to apprehend her. The obstruction charge involved arresting Williamson to prevent her from filing a complaint against him with SEPTA superiors.
April 19, 2011 |
Aleksander Shwarz, who was forced to retire as a cop after being arrested in January, was held for trial yesterday on charges stemming from an alleged false arrest he made last year. After hearing testimony from Shwarz's alleged victim and watching a surveillance video of the March 4, 2010, incident, Municipal Judge James DeLeon ordered Shwarz to stand trial on counts of official oppression, filing a false report, false imprisonment, obstruction of justice and unsworn falsification to authorities.
August 16, 2000 |
Yusuf Warrick has agreed to accept $50,000 from the city to compensate him for wasting nearly two months in prison after a pizza deliveryman mistakenly identified him as a masked robber. Warrick, now 20, an unemployed short-order cook, lost a scholarship to Philadelphia Community College as a result of the 1998 robbery arrest. But Warrick, of Marshall Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue, North Philadelphia, may use the settlement money to return to school, said Dennis Cogan, one of his attorneys.
May 15, 1992 |
Lower Merion Township and the City of Philadelphia yesterday agreed to pay $90,000 to a city resident to settle a federal civil rights suit resulting from the man's false arrest as a robbery suspect in 1990. The settlement - $80,000 from the township and $10,000 from the city - to Jessie Lee Anderson, 25, of the city's Overbrook section, came during the second day of trial of Anderson's suit against the city and township before U.S. District Judge Marvin Katz, said Raymond M. Bily, Anderson's attorney.
October 12, 2012 |
A WEST PHILADELPHIA man wrongly identified as the drunk and stoned driver of a stolen SUV that struck and killed a Villanova University student while being chased by cops has sued police for false imprisonment and other civil-rights violations. Kenny Woods, now 23, was arrested Sept. 29, 2010, after a high-speed crash in Haverford Township that left Daniel Giletta, 21, dead and his roommate, Frank P. DiChiara, seriously injured. A day after Woods' arrest, Donnie Sayers of Bryn Mawr confessed that he was the driver, and police swapped Sayers for Woods as the defendant.