July 11, 2016
ISSUE | SHOOTINGS 'What is wrong with us?' The week started off with celebrations of our independence. It devolved into tragedy. We continue to kill each other. The shootings of civilians by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota were followed by a slaughter of police officers in Texas. What is wrong with us? Being a police officer is dangerous. The police risk their lives to keep us safe. Being a civilian, unfortunately, has also become dangerous. We believe ourselves to be a great nation.
May 22, 2016 |
For most women, bringing work home with them involves a laptop or pile of papers - not a high-energy, tail-wagging bundle of fur. But for Officer Gabrielle Camacho, work during off-duty hours now means caring for her new partner, Peyton, a 11/2-year-old Labrador retriever. Camacho is training to become the Camden County Police Department's first female K-9 officer. "It's a huge adjustment," said the 23-year-old officer, who has been with the department for two years. "It's kind of like having my own kid now. " Camacho and Peyton, who are midway through a 10-week training program, will work in narcotics and community relations.
April 14, 2016 |
Some of those who claimed to have seen the shooter described him as being heavier and taller than James Dennis, the man who was convicted. While legal battles raged, Dennis spent more than 20 years on death row. Then, in 2013, a federal judge overturned his conviction in the 1991 slaying of a high school student for her earrings at a Philadelphia subway station. In issuing the ruling, Judge Anita B. Brody described the eyewitness identifications of Dennis as "shaky. " Historically, false identifications have been a bane of criminal investigations.
October 9, 2015
IN READING Stuart Caesar's diatribe about everyone having and carrying a gun, I am reminded of the stories of the Wild West where that policy prevailed. In the "good old days" people realized that everyone carrying a gun was not the answer and decided to abort (pardon me for using such a nasty word) that practice and restricted guns to law enforcement officers. I realize that Mr. Caesar adores the "good old days" and would love to return to them but the rest of us civilized people don't agree.
October 2, 2015 |
PENNSYLVANIA'S political Cold War crept even closer yesterday toward a doomsday scenario - one with the potential to spread nuclear fallout across the criminal-justice landscape, from police departments to the Supreme Court. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman, a Republican, continued to attack state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, charging the embattled Democrat with felony perjury and related misdemeanors after Ferman's detectives raided Kane's Harrisburg office last month.
March 27, 2015 |
A 21-YEAR-OLD man who last month cursed at and got into a courtroom brawl with a deputy sheriff tried to get a hold of that deputy's gun in a secure hallway adjacent to the courtroom, a prosecutor said yesterday. Arkel Garcia was convicted by a jury on Feb. 17 of second-degree murder, robbery and a firearms offense in the Nov. 30, 2013, shooting death of Christian Massey, 21, a special-needs man who graduated from Marple Newtown High School and was known as a "gentle giant. " Garcia had shot Massey in an Overbrook alley in an attempt to rob Massey of his $300 Beats by Dre headphones.
March 3, 2015 |
COMMUNITY relations and departmental oversight took top billing in a report released Monday by a presidential panel co-chaired by Philly's top cop to improve policing across the country. The report was compiled by the 11-member Task Force on 21st Century Policing after 90 days of research that included seven "listening sessions" featuring testimony on best practices from government officials, law-enforcement officers, academics and community leaders. "The report is a step in the right direction, but more work needs to be done, not just by us, but with implementation," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told the Daily News on Monday in a phone interview from Washington.
January 12, 2015 |
Two hundred people turned out for a "Pro-Blue Rally" Saturday on Independence Mall, shivering in the cold and cheering as speakers urged the public to appreciate the dangerous work that police do every day. Protesters at recent rallies against perceived police brutality in New York and Ferguson, Mo., "don't speak for America," Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) told the crowd. Noting that 115 police officers died in the line of duty in the United States in 2014 - and that 10 have already been shot this year - Toomey called it a "great day to be standing up for our law enforcement officers" who "protect us day in and day out. " With a theme that "All Lives Matter," the rally was in response to numerous recent demonstrations around the country protesting the deaths of unarmed black men by white police officers.
December 10, 2014 |
IN THIS basically urban society, how is it possible to prevent the kind of incidents that have stirred the people's passions and brought about massive protests, some of them violent? The answer is that it may not be possible, without radical changes - in law enforcement, economic and educational opportunities, and cultural, social and racial attitudes that free us finally from the dead hand of the past. Accomplishing all this may be just too much to expect in a nation overwhelmed by domestic problems, from immigration to the fear of terrorism, and still wrestling 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation with how to deal with our ethnic differences.
May 17, 2014 |
Richard J. Halasek Jr., 66, of Sea Isle City, N.J., who retired in 1997 as an Evesham Township police sergeant, died Tuesday, May 13, at home of complications from heart disease. "I'm a runner," Mr. Halasek's wife, Janet, said, "and I got involved in the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Run from Philly to Washington. " The event, which ended at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, helps celebrate National Police Week this week. "I got as far as Baltimore" shortly before noon Tuesday when, with her group at rest at the Fire Academy north of the city, companions who had been contacted by Philadelphia authorities told her of her husband's death.