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December 28, 1994 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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June 25, 1987 | By TYREE JOHNSON, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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August 27, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writerdifilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
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.
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July 21, 1987 | By EDWARD MORAN, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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April 19, 2011 | By MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949
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.
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March 30, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
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.
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August 16, 2000 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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May 15, 1992 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 12, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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March 30, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
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.
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September 21, 2015 | BY PAIGE GROSS, Daily News Staff Writer grossp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
A WEST PHILADELPHIA man yesterday was found guilty of engaging in fighting and sentenced to three months' probation for his role in an altercation with a Philadelphia Police officer in May that led to his arrest. Frederick Smith, 55, was initially charged with engaging in fighting, unreasonable noise, obscene language and hazardous offenses - all forms of disorderly conduct - for the May 19 incident. But Municipal Judge Bradley Moss threw out all of the charges, except the one for fighting.
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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 20, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THEODORE CAROBINE told a federal jury yesterday that in 2009, narcotics cops busted into his Northeast Philly home, stole $10,000 for his daughter's college tuition from his garage safe and falsely arrested him on charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamines and conspiracy. Carobine, 56, a plumber, said he spent five weeks in a city prison before his bail was lowered and his brother was able to post it. The charges against him were eventually dismissed. It was about 5 p.m. July 21, 2009, when cops burst into his home.
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November 21, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two years ago, Levittown auto-parts seller James Howard Simmers was caught up in a major investigation of methamphetamine trafficking. He and 26 other people were arrested in "Operation Blowout," in which the state attorney general charged that traffickers used code words about auto parts to describe big drug shipments. Now, all charges have been dropped against Simmers, 51, who operates J&J Auto Salvage in Bucks County. And Simmers, who had no criminal record, contends in a federal civil rights suit filed Tuesday that state agents wrongly assumed he was involved with drugs simply because he was overheard discussing auto parts with another man in the case.
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November 16, 2014 | By Dylan Purcell and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
In a split verdict, a former Philadelphia police officer was acquitted Friday of falsely imprisoning a man in Center City last year. Kevin Corcoran was also found not guilty on charges of official oppression, but the jury found him guilty of a misdemeanor charge of obstruction. Corcoran, who was a 10-year veteran, sat quietly in the courtroom in a dark-blue suit while jurors deliberated into the afternoon over charges that he handcuffed and improperly detained Roderick King of Lansdale, an Air Force veteran.
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August 27, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writerdifilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
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.
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July 18, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
DOUGLAS Ioven, the SEPTA police officer arrested last month for allegedly arresting a woman on Christmas morning after she attempted to file a complaint against him, yesterday was ordered to stand trial for witness intimidation, retaliation against a witness, false imprisonment and related counts. Common Pleas Judge Teresa Carr Deni made the ruling after Muibat Williamson testified during a preliminary hearing about the encounter with Ioven at Suburban Station last Christmas. Williamson, a registered nurse, had just left work and stopped at a Dunkin' Donuts in the station about 8 a.m. when Ioven, 42, who was in uniform, cut to the front of the line and stepped on her foot, she said.
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July 18, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ruling that the trial judge's questioning of witnesses prejudiced the jury, a Pennsylvania appeals court has ordered a new trial for a veteran Philadelphia police officer convicted of false arrest. In unusually critical terms, a three-judge panel of the Superior Court ruled Tuesday that Aleksander Shwarz was denied a fair trial because of questions by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Earl W. Trent Jr. At the same time, the court said, the jury probably would have convicted Shwarz based on the evidence alone.
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April 10, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Maryland man who was arrested by Philadelphia police trying to eject several people from Lincoln Financial Field before the 2011 Eagles home opener was awarded $75,000 in damages Tuesday by a Philadelphia jury. The 12-member Common Pleas Court jury returned its verdict for Harry Mims, 32, a real estate office manager who was arrested before the start of the Sept. 25 game against the New York Giants. Mims' lawyer, Jonathan James, who handled the civil case with partner Michael C. Schwartz, said the jury returned its verdict after about 10 hours of deliberations since Friday.
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