July 12, 2015 |
Oscar Camacho Sr. points to the bullet holes in the tan siding of an East Camden home. He is standing a few feet from a collection of empty Corona bottles, a blue T-shirt that reads "Super Dad," and a picture of his son - who was the father of three young boys - on the sidewalk corner. "Bang," Camacho says, motioning toward one hole. He points toward at least four others, repeating it. "Bang, bang, bang. " This is where his 33-year-old son, Oscar Jr., was fatally shot by two Camden County police officers July 3. Authorities said Camacho Jr. aimed a weapon at them and was suicidal.
July 10, 2015 |
As he drove along York Road on Wednesday morning, Hatboro Councilman George Forgeng passed a man carrying a backpack. Then he saw a cloud of colored dye. That could only mean one thing, Forgeng later told police: The man had just robbed the nearby TD Bank. So Forgeng followed the man, got out of his car to continue the chase, pulled out his gun, and shot the suspect - who was apparently unarmed - in a hand and arm. Late Wednesday, police and prosecutors were still unraveling events to determine whether the shooting amounted to heroism or vigilantism.
July 4, 2015 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On securing guns in households with children: I accidentally shot myself in the leg as a 12-year-old - after engaging in an extended search for the combination to my father's safe. (Top left drawer under the glasses case - where's yours?) To gain access to something as potent and forbidden as a gun, I would wager that other young people have been as determined as I was, irrespective of parental warnings. On guiding kids through a taste for offensive music: I recommend three ways to help children choose more appropriate and life-affirming music: (1)
July 3, 2015 |
A federal jury on Wednesday rejected a civil suit from a former Philadelphia police sergeant, who said he was wrongfully arrested while off duty last year as he tried to anonymously drop off a bag of guns at a police district headquarters. Brandon Ruff, an eight-year police veteran, alleged that six officers involved in detaining him Aug. 3 had no cause to do so, used excessive force, and then fabricated a story that led to criminal charges being filed against him. He shrugged off the jury's verdict, though, as if it were the outcome he had expected from the start.
July 1, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - As we continue to mourn the latest mass murder and the president has expressed the anger and frustration that most of us feel, we all can just settle back to wait for the next atrocity and the resulting worthless disingenuous rhetoric about changing the nation's barbaric gun culture. Between now and then one thing is certain: Nothing will alter the status quo and the victims will just be more martyred to the cause delivering us from the evil of the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
June 27, 2015 |
A law that permitted the National Rifle Association to sue Philadelphia and other municipalities over local gun ordinances that are stricter than state law is unconstitutional, a state appeals court ruled Thursday. The 2014 law granted legal standing to "membership organizations" to sue over local gun laws and collect legal fees and other costs if they won. The NRA used the measure to sue Philadelphia. Other municipalities have repealed ordinances to avoid similar suits. In a decision released Thursday, a seven-member Commonwealth Court panel ruled unanimously that the law, known as Act 192, violated the state constitution because of the way it was enacted by the General Assembly.
June 26, 2015 |
IN A VICTORY for gun-safety advocates in Philadelphia, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania yesterday overturned a state law that had made it easier for gun owners and the National Rifle Association to sue cities and towns over local gun ordinances. "The Court has preserved the ability of democratically elected local officials throughout this Commonwealth to do what they think is necessary to protect their citizens from the scourge of gun violence," Mayor Nutter said in a statement.
June 25, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - The event was scheduled months ago, well before nine people were killed while praying in a South Carolina church. But that shooting added a fresh, raw layer of emotion to Tuesday's inaugural Sandy Hook Promise dinner here. Arranged by relatives of victims in the 2012 Newtown, Conn., school massacre, family members and lawmakers gathered in the hope of furthering their work to prevent gun violence. Last week's slaughter underscored that mass shootings have failed to change the politics of gun control.
June 17, 2015 |
Two North Philadelphia men were convicted Monday of attempted murder and conspiracy in the shooting of a neighborhood preacher who refused a $500 bribe to not testify against one of them. The Common Pleas Court jury of seven women and five men deliberated about three hours before returning guilty verdicts against Aki Jones, 39, and Shaheed Wilson, 23, for shooting Michael Vessels. Vessels, 46, of the same North Philadelphia neighborhood as Jones and Wilson, was shot five times and left for dead on Sept.
June 17, 2015 |
The lawyer representing the family of Brandon Tate-Brown - the 26-year-old man shot by police late last year - on Monday called for the district attorney to reopen a criminal investigation into the Frankford man's death. Brian Mildenberg said differences between initial police accounts of the incident and an internal report on the shooting made public last week warranted a second look at the case. District Attorney Seth Williams said he did not plan to reopen the investigation. "What happened was tragic, but not criminal," he said in a statement Monday afternoon.