June 21, 2012 |
Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Kevin M. Tucker, who took the reins of a troubled Police Department at a low ebb in the 1980s and initiated reforms that still resonate today, died Tuesday after a 22-year battle against a brain tumor. He was two days shy of his 72d birthday. Mr. Tucker grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came to Philadelphia in the 1970s to head the regional field office of the U.S. Secret Service. He had retired from the Secret Service after a 20-year career - including a stint protecting Jacqueline Kennedy and her two children in the 1960s - when Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode asked Tucker in 1986 to take the toughest job in the city - commissioner of the Police Department, which was reeling from the 1985 MOVE debacle and a corruption scandal that had reached the highest ranks.
March 14, 2012
IN A CITY that has seen a surge in homicides in the first months of the year, the news that Mayor Nutter has budgeted for 125 new police officers is certainly good news. (The hirings are mainly to replace the large number of police who have left through the Deferred Retirement Option Plan.) This increase in the force could have an impact not just on the crime rate, though, but on the need for the city to improve the oversight and accountability of the police, especially when it comes to citizen complaints.
November 29, 2011 |
IN A FEBRUARY 1983 Daily News column, Chuck Stone pondered why suspects chose to surrender to him. "I'm not sure," the legendary columnist and senior editor wrote. "Perhaps, trust. Maybe an operative subliminal negritude, since 80 percent of all police abuse is white cop-black victim. Possibly, an expectation of abuse deterrence. " They may have needed a dictionary to read his column, but over the years 72 criminal suspects, many wanted in shootings and murders, surrendered to Stone - at times even showing up at his home, according to a 1987 column.
September 24, 2011 |
On Aug. 19, 2009, a Chester County man accused a state trooper of police brutality after a drug raid - an allegation the man wants resolved after more than two years of investigations. Zachary W. Bare, 22, of Exton, filed a complaint on Nov. 23, 2009, with the District Attorney's Office accusing Trooper Kelly Cruz, a narcotics investigator, of using his foot to stomp Bare's head as he was handcuffed on the floor of his house. In a petition filed Wednesday, Bare's attorney, Joseph P. Green Jr., argues that the delays in the case are subverting justice.
September 6, 2011 |
CAIRO - The prosecution's first witness in the trial of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak startled the court in a stormy session yesterday, testifying that police had not been ordered to fire on protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square in a contradiction of the prosecutors' central claim. Prosecution lawyers were visibly stunned by the testimony of the witness, Gen. Hussein Moussa, and angrily accused him of changing his story from the affidavit he initially gave prosecutors. Many Egyptians have been crying out for the conviction - and even execution - of Mubarak to avenge not only the 850 deaths but also the corruption, police abuse and other oppression during his nearly 30-year rule.
May 6, 2011 |
CALL HIM the man with the green sun. Sheldon L. Albert was such a skilled lawyer, one of his daughters told the Inquirer, that he could convince anyone the sun was green "if it were in the best interest of his client. " Shelly carried those persuasive qualities and his dedication to the job into six years as city solicitor in the Frank Rizzo administration. Those years, 1974 to '80, were a hectic time for the city and its controversial mayor, and Sheldon Albert was in the midst of it, often feeling and fielding the barbs and challenges thrown at the administration from an array of opponents.
September 6, 2010 |
For the last month, Philadelphia police officers in three districts have been documenting domestic abuse in a new and unusually detailed way. As part of a pilot program, officers in the East Division have been using a specific domestic-violence form, developed with the help of advocacy groups and experts, that includes an extensive checklist of questions for the victims. Was there pushing and shoving? Punching? Biting? Hair-pulling? Were the children hurt? What about the pets?
August 5, 2009
IT'S BECOMING a real sad day for our protectors in blue. With the aid of video, the city is getting a good look at what some people have been complaining about for far too long. Complaints have fallen on deaf ears - from police departments or a district attorney's office that is not willing to prosecute police unless they're pressured to do so, rounded out with unwavering support from the Fraternal Order of Police. Knowing the good ol' Philly cop creed, "Who do you think a judge is going to believe, the cop or the civilian?
April 28, 2009 |
The Police Advisory Commission is investigating allegations that three men were physically abused by police after a show at a South Street venue Sunday night. Kelvyn Anderson, deputy director of the commission, said four people were interviewed yesterday about the alleged altercation at the Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. Several bands performed as part of the Bamboozle Road Show, and afterward there was an encounter between police and people affiliated with the tour, according to a blog post by Brendan Walter, a member of one of the bands, Valencia.