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June 17, 1994 | by Kevin Haney, Daily News Staff Writer
Police Commissioner Richard Neal has ordered some 50 plainclothes officers back into uniform and patrol cars because the department doesn't have enough unmarked cars. Some community leaders and the head of the police officers' union say the move undercuts ability to catch criminals in the act, and Neal says he hopes to restore the patrols as soon as the city can provide unmarked cars. But other top police officials like the new order, saying it could improve officers' safety. Previously, officers used their own cars for plainclothes operations.
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August 28, 1989 | By Joseph Grace, Daily News Staff Writer
A truck driver delivering a load of Tropicana orange juice to an Acme warehouse in Brewerytown was shot in the side by police early this morning, police said. James Strauss, 21, of Mertztown, Pa., was shot in the left hip near a loading dock at an Acme distribution center near 31st and Thompson streets about 2:20 a.m. He was in stable condition at Hahnemann University Hospital this morning. Police Internal Affairs investigators were reviewing the shooting this morning to determine how it occurred, and two somewhat differing versions of the incident were released by police and Acme spokesmen.
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May 6, 1994 | By Greg McCullough, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A special plainclothes police unit is being formed to combat major crime in the township, particularly along the Philadelphia border where car thefts frequently occur. The Board of Commissioners' police committee approved a plan on Wednesday that will add a sergeant to supervise the special investigations unit. Ten officers will be assigned to the unit, beginning June 1. Their duties will include surveillance and monitoring drug activity in the township. Since October, an experimental unit of seven officers has been working to deter overnight car thefts along the City Avenue corridor, Township Commissioner Frank Lutz said.
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February 14, 1987 | By Steve Goldstein, Inquirer Staff Writer (Inquirer wire services contributed to this report.)
A fifth day of protest yesterday on behalf of Jewish dissident Joseph Begun resulted in the worst violence so far, as more than 200 plainclothes police punched and kicked protesters and journalists and smashed television cameras. Five protesters and four journalists were detained. One woman was thrown to the ground and, as she cried for mercy, was kicked repeatedly by a group of men. Uniformed militia personnel who watched the demonstration generally did not respond to appeals for help.
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March 8, 1991 | By Peter Landry, Inquirer Staff Writer
A plainclothes policewoman was struck by a car careening out of control last night as she attempted to flag down the driver before he crashed into bystanders near a protest at an adult video store, police said. Civil Affairs Officer Carol Scanzello was thrown over the trunk of the car in the South Philadelphia accident, which occurred after the driver crashed through a police barricade and then jammed the auto into reverse to back away from the protesters, witnesses said. Police said they did not believe the incident was directly related to the demonstration.
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September 23, 1994 | By Jeff Gammage and Wanda Motley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Several months ago, Philadelphia police commanders banned members of the crime-fighting burglary details from using their own cars at work, fearful that liability claims could hurt the city and bankrupt the officers. Many of those plainclothes officers - whose sole responsibility was to catch thugs in the act of committing street crimes - were reassigned to marked cars and foot beats. Yesterday, that change in tactics, and its effect on public safety, exploded on the floor of City Council.
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December 17, 2007 | By Patrick Kerkstra INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
CBS3 anchor Alycia Lane was arrested early yesterday after allegedly punching a plainclothes female New York City police officer in the face around 2 a.m. in Manhattan. Lane, 35, was charged with assault. New York Police Sgt. Carlos Nieves said Lane's attack left the officer bloody and lacerated. Lane could not be reached for comment, but an attorney representing her said last night that she "never hit or said any derogatory comments to anyone. " "We are confident that after a full investigation of the facts she will be cleared of these charges," said David Smith, a New York lawyer.
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October 5, 1990 | By Kurt Heine, Daily News Staff Writer
A plainclothes police officer was dragged about 200 feet yesterday when a stolen car he and his partners had stopped at the foot of the Platt Bridge in South Philadelphia roared off, starting a foot and car chase during which shots were fired. The dragged officer suffered minor injuries. A second officer who helped chase the thieves on foot later twisted his knee and also was taken to a hospital. According to police, three plainclothes burglary investigators assigned to the 12th Police District saw a Chevrolet Blazer leave the Days Inn parking lot on Island Road.
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April 19, 1998 | By Natalie Kostelni, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It was one of those high school rite-of-passage parties: loud music, lots of friends, no parents, and enough beer to float a sailboat. But the bash April 3 in Towamencin crashed about 11 p.m., when the police showed up. After all was said and done, police caught 14 minors who didn't hightail it across yards along Troxel Road in time to escape arrest for underage drinking, said Towamencin Chief Joseph L. Kirschner. Police never found out how the teenagers got the beer, he added.
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January 14, 1995 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police Commissioner Richard Neal said injuries received by a plainclothes juvenile officer during a struggle with police at a North Philadelphia rowhouse were not consistent with the beating the officer said was inflicted on her in a published report. Neal said medical records of treatment on Officer Adrienne Cureton, along with photographs taken of her injuries within hours of the struggle, failed to substantiate the woman's allegations that she was repeatedly struck with police flashlights and clubs.
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February 24, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
IT TOOK a few weeks, but I'm making good on my New Year's resolution to share tales of excellent police work. The resolution came on the heels of complaints from Daily News readers that we were interested only in slamming bad cops, not in praising good ones. So in a column last month, I invited those in the know to brag about officers whose actions deserve applause. John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, happily obliged, inviting me to an FOP dinner on Thursday honoring dozens of officers whose work in 2013 did the city proud.
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August 27, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A group of five Philadelphia police officers in plainclothes shot a man in North Philadelphia early Saturday morning after, they say, he pulled out a gun and pointed it at them when he was forced to stop in the street. Twenty-sixth District officers had their unmarked cars blocking the 2400 block of North Fourth Street as part of a narcotics investigation when a 2002 Mercury came "flying" down at high speed about 2:45 a.m., said Lt. Raymond Evers, a Philadelphia police spokesman.
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July 22, 2011 | Staff Report
A plainclothes police officer shot and critically wounded a man who had wrestled away another officer's gun during a struggle in South Philadelphia early yesterday, police said. Lt. Ray Evers, a police spokesman, said that about 3 a.m. two plainclothes officers in a car spotted a man later identified as Cosmo Menniti, 29, casing cars in the area of 12th and Wolf streets. The officers followed Menniti to Warnock Street near Wolf, where one officer got out of the car while the other circled the block, Evers said.
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February 9, 2011 | By JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
A mother of five whom police repeatedly shocked with a Taser was found guilty yesterday of resisting arrest for screaming at a man who was poking around the van in which her kids were sitting. The man turned out to be an undercover cop. After a brief nonjury trial yesterday, Naimah Jones, 33, was sentenced to 18 months' reporting probation and anger management. She was found not guilty of five counts of endangering the welfare of her children and recklessly endangering another person.
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September 3, 2010
THE BAD news is that this year the city's murder rate is up. The good news is that Philadelphia police are trying a variety of new tactics to bring it back down. As reported Monday by our colleague David Gambacorta , the city won a major federal grant to try out new policing strategies. The Smart Policing Initiative doesn't rely on higher IQs but on intelligent deployment aimed at putting cops in close touch with the communities they serve. Besides actual feet on the street, the effort will include plainclothes surveillance and reinforcements from other city agencies addressing underlying issues like vacant properties or nuisance bars that contribute to lawlessness.
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July 16, 2010 | By Elisa Lala, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sight of a police officer tends to put motorists on their best behavior. But what if a driver isn't aware of an officer's presence? On Thursday morning, Collingswood Officer Anthony Garbarino stood before a crosswalk on Haddon Avenue at Irwin Avenue, about to cross the street. A vehicle whizzed by. "Red car," Garbarino said loud enough for others around him to hear. A minute later, a uniformed officer pulled the car over, and Garbarino, wearing a red T-shirt and jeans, was standing on the other side of the street, waiting to cross back.
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July 3, 2009 | By Allison Steele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A recent string of car break-ins along Kelly Drive has prompted police to remind the public that leaving GPS systems or other valuables in clear sight is an invitation to burglars. A 19-year-old man was arrested last weekend and charged with theft after plainclothes officers caught him breaking a car window near Lemon Hill Drive, where runners and rowers park their cars in the morning. Police believe the man, Malik Coyett, had been regularly driving from his home in West Philadelphia to the area, parking, and then going from car to car. Coyett searched for GPS systems and laptops, and even checked the wheel wells for car keys hidden inside, police said.
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March 25, 2009 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police arrested a 33-year-old man yesterday morning in a series of cowardly beatings and robberies of elderly women in Northeast Philadelphia. The takedown of Christopher Russell, of the 1300 block of Wells Street, came between 10 and 11 a.m. Police said he was apprehended shortly after he left his hideaway in the 2900 block of North Bailey Street in North Philadelphia - where plainclothes officers had been watching - and entered a limousine....
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March 20, 2009 | By WENDY RUDERMAN & BARBARA LAKER, rudermw@phillynews.com 215-854-2860
ON A SWELTERING July afternoon in 2007, Officer Jeffrey Cujdik and his narcotics squad members raided an Olney tobacco shop. Then, with guns drawn, they did something bizarre: They smashed two surveillance cameras with a metal rod, said store owners David and Eunice Nam. The five plainclothes officers yanked camera wires from the ceiling. They forced the slight, frail Korean couple to the vinyl floor and cuffed them with plastic wrist ties. "I so scared," said Eunice Nam, 56. "We were on floor.
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