October 2, 2015
I WOULD LIKE to commend the Philadelphia police for their excellent service to all of us during the recent World Meeting of Families and papal-visit weekend. It was so inspiring to witness their goodness and assistance to all attendees (and to me, as a volunteer) during this unique event, and a pleasure to work alongside them. I would like to specifically mention the kind efforts of Officer Stephanie Velazquez during the Festival of Families before Pope Francis' arrival. There were several ticketed attendees, who, because of security restrictions and their later arrival, could not access their seats as the entrance to the seated area was then closed.
September 18, 2015
Police have rights I strongly support State Rep. Martina White's proposed legislation to protect the identities of Philadelphia police officers who are involved in a shooting or violent confrontation in the line of duty. It is terribly unfair to the officer and his or her family to release the officer's name in connection with a shooting before an investigation is completed. There have been numerous incidents around the country in which an officer involved in a shooting had his or her identity immediately revealed but was later cleared of any wrongdoing.
September 17, 2015 |
Harvey L. Crudup, 80, of Wyncote, a 31-year Philadelphia Police Department veteran who rose to become deputy commissioner of operations and whose work outside the force championed the rights of minority youth and families, has died. Mr. Crudup died of cancer Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Abington Memorial Hospital. Word of his passing was circulated by Concerned Black Men National, a group that Mr. Crudup and four others started in 1975. Over the years, Mr. Crudup was president of the Cheltenham Branch of the NAACP; grand secretary of Holy Royal Arch Masons, PHA of Pennsylvania; president of the Philadelphia think tank the Philadelphia Seminar; and executive director of the Philadelphia Youth Study Center.
September 16, 2015 |
Services are set for Tuesday, Sept. 15, for Karl von Lipsey Sr., 89, formerly of Philadelphia, a law enforcement investigator whose specialty was white-collar and financial crime. Mr. von Lipsey died Wednesday, Aug. 5, of complications from a stroke at the Foulkeways in Gwynedd, where he had lived since 2004 after the death of his wife, Mary-Elizabeth von Lipsey. The two were married for 54 years. In 1950, Mr. von Lipsey began a distinguished career in law enforcement as an officer with the Philadelphia Police Department.
August 5, 2015 |
YOU COULD BE forgiven for thinking Philadelphia's biggest problems have been limited recently to pope fences, a dismembered traveling robot and Chip Kelly's roster moves. Violent-crime numbers - a quality-of-life measurement temporarily forgotten in the basement of the city's consciousness - have been climbing. As of Sunday night, 152 murders had been recorded - a 5 percent increase from the same point last year, when the tally stood at 141, according to police statistics. The number of Philadelphians who have been shot has risen 9 percent, hovering at 627 victims as of last Monday, compared to 572 at the same time last year.
July 29, 2015 |
FIRST SANTA CLAUS, then the Easter Bunny, now Chief Transparency? Is there nothing left to believe in? Consider this: The SEPTA police department had an ugly incident on their hands last month when cellphone video that went viral caught a veteran officer grabbing an allegedly fare-evading father by the throat while the man held his 18-month-old daughter. At a subsequent press conference, SEPTA police Chief Thomas Nestel, the city's most vocal champion of police reform and a practitioner of transparency, was contrite.
July 17, 2015 |
WHEN RONALD Bryant retired from the Philadelphia Police Department after 28 years, he didn't want to be a greeter at Walmart or be stacking boxes at a grocery store. He wanted to do what he knows best: protect and serve. Last month Bryant, 55, joined the SEPTA Transit Police as a member of the department's second batch of "lateral transfers" - trained law-enforcement officials who swap gigs at other departments for a chance to watch over the city's mass-transit system - that the agency is trying to recruit.
June 23, 2015 |
Anthony "Tony" Fulwood, 72, a longtime police officer and bodyguard for Mayor Frank Rizzo and other politicians who was remembered as a "gentle giant," died Wednesday at his home in Wynnefield after a seven-year battle with multiple myeloma. About 6-foot-5 and close to 300 pounds, Mr. Fulwood cut a formidable figure. But his wife, Saundra Haines-Fulwood, 67, said he was a "gentle giant" who would "give you the shirt off his back. " Mr. Fulwood lived for his work, she said, which included being a bodyguard for former Philadelphia District Attorney Ron Castille - who performed their wedding in 2009 - and Castille's successor, Lynne Abraham.
May 8, 2015 |
When Joseph W. Cirucci Sr. was growing up near Ninth and Christian Streets in South Philadelphia in the 1930s, there was a saying. "You became either a cop or a fireman, a priest or a burglar," if you lived in that neighborhood, Mr. Cirucci's son, Joseph W. Jr., said. "It was a joke, he used to say," his son said. "He had a real good sense of humor. " Mr. Cirucci became a Philadelphia police officer. On Sunday, May 3, Mr. Cirucci, 87, of Stratford, who joined the Philadelphia Police Department in 1950 and retired in 1975, died of heart and lung problems at home.
May 1, 2015 |
A day after she filed a civil-rights suit against the Philadelphia Police Department, the mother of Brandon Tate-Brown said she would continue to fight for the evidence in her son's death to be released to the public. "I want the pain to stop, but I can't stop fighting," Tanya Brown-Dickerson said Wednesday at a news conference outside City Hall. Tate-Brown, 26, was fatally shot by 15th District officers during a car stop early Dec. 15 in Mayfair. Police have said he was reaching for a gun in the front seat of his car when he was killed, an account that Brown-Dickerson and her attorney have long disputed.