March 11, 2009
THERE can't be a double standard when it comes to obeying the law, for police as well as citizens. There plenty of people who've experienced harassment and even physical abuse by police officers - and not all are criminals. (But this is in no way means it's OK to kill or disrespect anyone in a position of authority.) But when the Daily News printed the articles about the investigation of an alleged corrupt officer, it should open the doors for some serious dialogue and more oversight into claims of illegal actions by police officers.
May 28, 2004
IT'S WITH great reluctance that we admit we've "blocked the box" a time or two. Of course it was never our fault. If only that Neanderthal driving in front of us had been paying more attention instead of yakking on his cell phone, we wouldn't have gotten stuck in the middle of the intersection, tying up traffic. But wrong is wrong. And it's good to see Philadelphia finally cracking down on impatient drivers who get stuck in the intersection during a red light, creating gridlock that makes a short trip through the city a driving nightmare.
December 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will push to tighten gun laws in response to last week's schoolhouse massacre in Connecticut, Vice President Biden said Thursday, and Speaker John A. Boehner said the GOP-controlled House would consider the proposals. Biden, who is overseeing the administration's response to Friday's killing of 20 children and six adults at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, said he and President Obama are "absolutely committed" to curbing gun violence in the United States.
July 31, 2000 |
Federal authorities were in the air, on the street, and at their computers yesterday, preparing for today's official start of the Republican National Convention - and all the security challenges that come with it. Teams of FBI agents were on standby to deal with such situations as terrorists, bombs, and hazardous-material problems, and there has been a special emphasis on the need to protect federal property - especially historic buildings at...
March 12, 1989 |
Bryn Athyn police chief Glenn Coffin ruminated on the myth of Hookman, the bogeyman with a hook for a hand who preys on young lovers in dark suburban woods. "We have some spooky areas," he said. ". . . Kids that come from Philly are still looking for Hookman there. " For police, Bryn Athyn isn't exactly Fort Apache, the Bronx. Under the cacophony of the county police dispatcher's crackle, Coffin had the "civilian" radio in the borough's police Jeep tuned to an FM rock station last week.
July 8, 2002
In 1999, our Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood had a severe problem with drunken-driving accidents (Inquirer, June 23-26). Several families moved because their cars were hit two and three times that year. Though our initial requests for help from the Highway Patrol were turned down, we persisted. When the State Police Liquor Control Enforcement regional office opened in our neighborhood, we were knocking on the door as soon as the furniture moved in. We asked them to take a look at liquor law violations at several Elmwood establishments and to target local hotspots for underage drinking.
June 2, 1994 |
Americans have a long, proud history of low tolerance for government snooping. Nonetheless, I strongly support the government's ability to tap telephones when wiretapping serves a compelling law-enforcement end. Civilized life is a compromise, and wiretaps have proved their value. Over the last decade, wiretaps have played a role in convicting tens of thousands of felons and solving - or preventing - large numbers of ghastly crimes. They seem particularly valuable in cases of large-scale drug trafficking and terrorist thuggery.
March 1, 1992 |
Law-breakers in Oxford Borough beware: Your local police have orders to shoot on sight. Since Feb. 17, one of Oxford's police cars has been armed with a compact videocamera. Mayor W. Donald Pierce said the videocamera would be used to document evidence for court. The mayor said it also may be used in other ways. "We don't have a specific target," Pierce said, "so really it's very, very experimental. " Security consultant Steve Blaine of National Security Enterprises in Coatesville, said the camera Oxford was using has been successful for Arkansas state police.
January 19, 1998 |
Dante J. "Danny" Renzetti Jr., 52, a dedicated agent for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office for nearly a decade and a 20-year Bellmawr police veteran, died Thursday at West Jersey Hospital-Voorhees after suffering massive organ failure while waiting for a liver transplant. A Bellmawr resident for the last 30 years, he was born and raised in South Philadelphia, graduating in 1964 from Bishop Neumann High School. Mr. Renzetti was an electronics expert for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, often working on highly sensitive investigations.
September 5, 1996 |
Donald V. Powell, 77, former head of the sex crimes unit of the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and active in Palmyra civic affairs, died Monday at Memorial Hospital of Burlington County, Mount Holly. A lifelong Palmyra resident, he was a 1938 graduate of Palmyra High School. Active in law enforcement for most of his life, Mr. Powell started in 1978 as an investigator for the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and eventually headed the sex crimes unit before retiring in 1984.