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February 28, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal lawsuit filed Thursday against a Cumberland County, N.J., police officer involved in a controversial fatal shooting alleges that he extorted sex from a woman in exchange for keeping her out of jail. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Camden on behalf of a 22-year-old Bridgeton woman against Bridgeton Police Officer Braheme Days, the Bridgeton Police Department, and the City of Bridgeton. In the suit, Shakera Brown says she was stopped by Days outside a Rite Aid pharmacy on Jan. 20, 2014, in response to a shoplifting complaint.
NEWS
February 27, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Was the officer just doing his job, or did he deliberately target a state lawmaker when he pulled him over that day? Was Washington Township Police Officer Joseph DiBuonaventura legitimately acting on a tip from a department colleague that July 31, 2012, when he stopped Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty on suspicion of driving drunk and ended up arresting him after smelling alcohol on his breath? Or did the officer go after him for unknown reasons, falsely allege traffic violations to justify the stop, and then try to cover up his wrongdoing with a supplemental report?
NEWS
February 27, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The prosecutor in Eric Torres' attempted murder-trial said the defendant was determined to shoot a Philadelphia police officer - and succeeded. The lawyer for the 33-year-old Feltonville man, however, called the shooting of Officer Edward Davies an accident that occurred as "more than five aggressive police officers" tried to subdue the struggling suspect on the floor of a neighborhood bodega. The prosecution challenged that notion, saying that only four officers were involved and that Torres was the aggressor.
NEWS
February 26, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Growing up in East Camden, Virginia Matias wasn't allowed to ride her new bike around the block, or walk to the corner store. Her mother was robbed at gunpoint when Matias was in kindergarten, and when Matias was 17, her uncle was shot dead as he manned the cash register in his bodega. Matias, now a 28-year-old Camden County police officer, doesn't think about any of that when she walks the streets of North Camden. She thinks about the children she sees coming out to play and the business owners who know her name and face, or how she can gain the trust of the city's most cynical residents.
NEWS
February 24, 2015 | HELEN UBINAS, Daily News Columnist ubinas@phillynews.com, 215-854-5943
THE OFFICERS who lined the front of their district headquarters Saturday stood mostly stone-faced as protesters pelted insults at them: Murderers! Pigs! Racists! At one point, a black protester got within a breath's reach of a black officer's face and screamed: Sell-out! If I were a Philadelphia police officer, I'd be furious. And not at the protesters who marched to the 15th District headquarters on Levick Street, demanding answers in the December police-related shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown.
SPORTS
February 20, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Ed Marynowitz's first seven months working for the Eagles overlapped with Andy Reid's final season in Philadelphia, giving Reid enough exposure to the team's new vice president of player personnel that the longtime coach praised Chip Kelly's decision to promote him. "Ed's on the rise, boy," Reid said Wednesday at the NFL's annual scouting combine. "He's a good one. I think it was a great choice by Chip. " In May 2012, the Eagles made seven front office transactions.
NEWS
February 20, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THERE IS NOTHING funny about the fallout from an office "prank" at a Montgomery County meat-processing plant. A man was killed Wednesday, brutally stabbed by a co-worker who then allegedly turned the knife on himself after promising to "see you in hell," officials said yesterday. And it all apparently traces back to when the victim tried to pull the chair out from underneath his alleged attacker, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said in a statement. Peter Jok Atem, 32, has been charged with first-degree murder and related offenses in the slaying of Danny Vazquez, 25, with whom he worked at the MOPAC plant in Franconia Township, Ferman said.
NEWS
February 19, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
BILL CAPERS was not the kind of guy to sit around in idle retirement. He had to be up and about, out with people and doing a job. "He couldn't sit still, twiddling his thumbs and watching TV," said his sister Delores Capers. "He had to go to work. " In fact, William Leonard Capers, a former Philadelphia police officer and district attorney's detective, was working as a delivery driver for Pep Boys at the time of his death of heart failure on Feb. 10. He was 76 and lived in West Oak Lane.
NEWS
February 13, 2015 | By Amy Worden and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Less than a month in office, Gov. Wolf has already shaken up the Capitol status quo - imposing a gift ban, and scuttling his predecessor's Medicaid plan and firing one of his high-profile appointees. But the unassuming businessman from York County also is logging miles walking the halls of the Capitol to drop in on lawmakers and their staffs. Just to say hi. Lawmakers from both parties are taking notice, sending him shout-outs on Facebook, tweeting selfies with the "guv," and even taking to the House floor to comment on it. "In a bipartisan way, he's walking the halls, talking to members - that's been unheard of in my 15 terms," Rep. Tony DeLuca (D., Allegheny)
NEWS
February 12, 2015 | By Jessica Parks and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
More than four months after rookie State Trooper David Kedra was killed in a Montgomery County training exercise, authorities on Tuesday identified and charged his shooter - an experienced instructor - with reckless endangerment. Cpl. Richard Schroeter, a 20-year veteran of the state police and a firearms instructor for over a decade, could face up to 10 years in prison. The grand jury report that recommended the charges also delivered answers to many of the questions that have surrounded Kedra's death.
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