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March 21, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams gave the following summary Thursday of the investigation into the shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown following a traffic stop at 2:45 a.m. Dec. 15 in Mayfair: Two officers had pulled over Tate-Brown's Dodge Charger because its running lights - dimmer than headlights - were on, while the actual headlights were off. "I figured he just came out of a store or something and we [were] just going to check to see if [he] was OK to drive and tell him to turn his lights on," the shooting officer's partner told investigators.
NEWS
March 21, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Philadelphia police officers involved in the shooting death of Brandon Tate-Brown will not face criminal charges, District Attorney Seth Williams announced Thursday. "In this case, the facts show a tragedy, a terrible tragedy, but not a crime," Williams said at an afternoon news conference, saying his conclusion came after a three-month investigation. An attorney for the family of the 25-year-old Frankford man said questions remained in the case and indicated he would file suit.
SPORTS
March 20, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers hosted the family of slain Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III for Wednesday night's game against the Detroit Pistons at the Wells Fargo Center. Shooting guard Jason Richardson gave Wilson's older son, Quahmier, a tour of the locker room and took him to meet coach Brett Brown in his office. The 10-year-old received one of Richardson's No. 23 jerseys and a pair of Nerlens Noel's Nike sneakers. One-year-old Robert Wilson IV and other family members watched the Sixers' pregame on-court workouts from the team's bench.
NEWS
March 16, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
On stage at the Palestra, amid the rows and rows of officers in dress uniforms and family members in black and the flowers that surrounded Officer Robert Wilson III's casket, a list of names was read. Ten, including Wilson, in the last nine years. Cassidy, Nazario, McDonald, and Skerski. Lorenzo and Pawlowski, Simpson and Liczbinski. Moses Walker, who worked alongside Wilson in the 22d Police District. All killed in the line of duty. All with lives ahead of them. And Officer Robert Wilson, Badge 9990: Two sons.
NEWS
March 15, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of Philadelphia police officers in dress uniforms and white gloves marched solemnly in formation Friday afternoon up Whitby Avenue past the Francis Funeral Home to 52d Street, where the family of fallen Officer Robert Wilson III waited in folding chairs arranged on the opposite side of the intersection. The officers, led by Wilson's colleagues in the 22d District, then stood at attention under the hazy late-winter sky and saluted his family, including his sister, Shakíra Wilson-Burroughs, and grandmother, Constance Wilson.
NEWS
March 14, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A candlelight vigil was held Thursday evening on the West Philadelphia basketball court where fallen Officer Robert Wilson III played as child, just a short walk from where he was raised by his grandparents on Millick Street. His sister, Shakíra Wilson-Burroughs, briefly addressed the 200 people gathered at 61st Street and Baltimore Avenue, thanking them for their support. "Not only did we lose our brother," she said, "we lost a big part of our family, a big part of our neighborhood.
NEWS
March 14, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Funeral arrangements are in place for Officer Robert Wilson III, who was killed in the line of duty last week, funeral home representatives said Thursday. A viewing for the 22d District officer has been set for 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Francis Funeral Home, 5201 Whitby Ave., Cedar Park. A second viewing will be from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Palestra, 235 S. 33d St., followed at 10 by a funeral service. Interment is at Fernwood Cemetery, Lansdowne. The 30-year-old officer, an eight-year veteran of the department, was shot to death last Thursday while buying a video game for his son at a GameStop store in the Swampoodle section of North Philadelphia.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
EVEN BEFORE Officer Robert Wilson III was pronounced dead, I had the clear sense that people were picking sides. One thing I heard was, this is why no one should ever question a cop using his or her weapon. Someone else said, it's hard to feel bad about one dead police officer when there are so many examples of citizens, often people of color, dying at the hands of the law. I am very tentative about even mentioning these varied reactions now, daring to raise the very issue of the prickly - and sometimes deadly - state of the police and citizens relationships here and beyond.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
LITTLE DID Robert Dixon know when he saw the attractive girl walking past the playground of Edison High School that getting to know her would change his life. Robert was in 11th grade at the time, and he was instantly attracted to the girl as she walked by the playground, her head down, arms loaded with books. He called out a greeting a couple of times, before deciding he'd better introduce himself. She was Hester Eliza Burgess, who was attending Kensington High School, but, more important, and life-altering for both of them, was that she was involved with the Salvation Army.
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