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.
October 12, 2013 |
ABINGTON Gun-safety advocates tried to drum up support Thursday for a stalled state bill that would require background checks for all sales of rifles, shotguns, and assault weapons. At a news conference at Abington Memorial Hospital, Democratic lawmakers from Bucks and Montgomery Counties, advocates, and doctors urged a vote on the bill, which has been before the Judiciary Committee since March. Unlike handguns, the "long" guns can be purchased from a private seller without a background check.
September 30, 2013 |
RADNOR TWP. Villanova University is considering joining the ranks of colleges with a full-service police force, a national trend that has accelerated since the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre and amid stepped-up concern about student safety. But the Main Line university - which announced a series of campus meetings to discuss a possible upgrade from its current public-safety department - will not yet discuss details of what it is considering, such as whether officers would carry guns.
June 3, 2013
AS A WOMAN with two generations of law-enforcement officers in the family, as well as loved ones who are like family serving in the Philadelphia Police Department, I know what it is like to worry as they leave their homes, wondering if they will make it back alive. Sadly, we live in violent times when it seems as if everyone has a weapon. In addition, the thugs who terrorize our streets have no respect for themselves or others, and especially for the men and women in blue. That is a bad combination.