February 24, 2014 |
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.
August 27, 2012 |
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.
July 22, 2011 |
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.
February 9, 2011 |
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.
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.
July 16, 2010 |
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.
July 3, 2009 |
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.
March 25, 2009 |
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....
March 20, 2009 |
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.