August 5, 2016 |
IN THE AFTERMATH of the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia is still receiving plaudits for being a big-league city able to pull off huge events. Philadelphia was a big winner. On my radio show, John McNesby, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, was also a big winner - before, during and after the convention. Before the convention, McNesby spoke out against the fact that Democrats planned to feature Mothers of the Movement, the group of moms whose kids died in various confrontations with police.
August 22, 1991 |
THE THREE-RING CIRCUS has come to town, and the bear act of Jimmy and Tepa Hall keeps the old-fashioned thrills rolling. The circus, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police, is running through today at the National Guard Armory in the Northeast. From Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, it will be at 3535 S. 10th St.
October 12, 1988 |
Donna Costello kisses her husband, Richard, last night as he was installed as president of Lodge 5, Fraternal Order of Police, at a dinner at the FOP lodge on Spring Garden Street. Costello, 38, a 15-year veteran, was elected FOP leader Oct. 4, succeeding Robert S. Hurst, who decided not to seek re- election. About 400 people attended the dinner.
March 6, 2016 |
Fifteen new graduates of the Philadelphia Police Academy were sworn in as officers on Friday, the smallest graduating class in recent memory, officials said. Although enrollment in the academy has been declining for years, Police Commissioner Richard Ross and police spokesman Lt. John Stanford each said he could not remember a class with fewer members. In years past, graduating classes regularly topped 100 members. Stanford said police departments across the country have been experiencing challenges in recruiting in recent years.
October 6, 2010
John J. McNesby, president of the Philadelphia police union, was reelected Tuesday night to a three-year term as head of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5. McNesby and his slate received 4,833 votes cast by FOP members. He had been challenged by Frank Zampogna, who received 534 votes. Zampogna also ran against McNesby in 2007 and lost. - Robert Moran
April 15, 2016 |
I COULDN'T stop staring at the mug shot of Najee Rivera that every news outlet seemed to use when on Monday, two Philly police officers were found not guilty of beating him up during a traffic stop in May 2013. Rivera has since died, killed in a street fight in December 2015. But back then, in that photo, his right eye swelled purple, his forehead was dotted with Band-Aids soaked red. The cops said he resisted arrest, but surveillance video that Rivera's determined girlfriend found after canvassing the neighborhood showed Officers Sean McKnight and Kevin Robinson mowing Rivera's scooter down with their cruiser, and then throwing him against a wall and the ground as he cried out under fists and batons.
May 21, 2011
The annual Badges of Honor 5K race has raised $20,000 this year for the Survivors' Fund, money that aids families of fallen police officers, firefighters, and correctional workers. Sponsored in part by the city, the race will be held June 4 in Fairmount Park. The money raised so far was presented to three groups Thursday: $10,000 to Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police; $5,000 to Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters; and $5,000 to Local 159 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, which represents city correctional officers.
July 19, 2011
A veteran Philadelphia police officer is under investigation on suspicion of drunken driving, police said Monday. The officer, who is assigned to the narcotics unit and has been with the department for more than 20 years, came under suspicion after getting into a car accident while off-duty, sources said. No charges have been filed, but the officer has been put on restricted duty pending the outcome of an Internal Affairs investigation, said John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5. - Allison Steele
March 16, 1989
Everyone seemed to agree that it didn't make sense to have the same number of Philadelphia police officers on the street at dawn as at dusk. But coming up with a new staffing policy that pleased both the police chief and the Fraternal Order of Police was no easy matter. So all Philadelphians owe thanks to Sgt. Neil Lawley, the veteran street cop who figured out the formula that will make it easier to get a police officer when you need one. Under Sgt. Lawley's scheme, the city would increase police protection during high-crime periods by creating an additional evening work shift that would supplement the traditional round-the-clock shifts.
April 9, 1999
The scene was set for Democratic mayoral candidate Marty Weinberg to bask in the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police. Instead, he found himself right in the line of fire when the FOP chief let loose with degrading remarks about two black civic leaders in Philadelphia. Then Mr. Weinberg, a longtime aide to former Mayor Frank Rizzo, waited a long day before his spokesman performed the sticky job of disowning the remarks while hanging on to the FOP support. In a campaign that will be over in 40 days, Mr. Weinberg needs to make it clear where he stands - particularly involving racial issues - right up front.