January 9, 2014 |
Francis P. "Frank" Friel, 71, of Bensalem, a decorated police investigator whose organized crime unit, in collaboration with the FBI, effectively ended a spate of mob killings in the 1980s, died of cancer Saturday, Jan. 4, at St. Mary Medical Center. Mr. Friel's storied career began in 1960, at a time when the city's police force hired teenagers fresh out of high school as helpers. By age 20, he had trained at the Police Academy, received a gun, and become a full-fledged patrolman.
December 4, 2013 |
THE ROOM WAS a rectangle of cinder block walls and dark carpet, interrupted every few feet by weight benches and bulky exercise equipment. The gunman, a lanky figure covered from head to toe in black, had the drop on two SWAT Unit cops who had chased him down a hallway, past two bodies, into this claustrophobic space. He hunched his shoulders and aimed his weapon, an M4 carbine rifle. "Down! Down!" a cop bellowed. Two shots rang out like claps of thunder. The gunman crumpled to the ground.
August 17, 2013 |
In a show of support for wounded Philadelphia Police Officer Edward Davies, dozens of police - mostly from Davies' 25th District - rolled up their sleeves during a blood drive Thursday afternoon in the Hunting Park section. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey praised the off-duty officers who lined up to help a wounded colleague. "This is a tremendous turnout," the commissioner said as patrolmen and supervisors alike streamed into the administrative services building at Temple University to wait their turn.
August 16, 2013 |
ANOTHER DAY, another grueling step on the road to recovery. Edward Davies, the Philadelphia police officer who lost a kidney after being shot in the abdomen in Feltonville earlier this week, underwent another round of surgery at Temple University Hospital yesterday. "This is the third surgery, with more to come after that," Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said. "But every day that goes by, he's getting better. So that's the good news. " Davies, 41, was shot Tuesday afternoon during a violent struggle with Eric Torres inside Almonte Mini Market, at 4th and Annsbury streets, shortly after Torres fled from a traffic stop.
August 1, 2013 |
CHRISTOPHER SCOTT hit his 30s and decided to become a cop. So the burly Main Line resident graduated from the Police Academy and landed a part-time job at the Darby Township Police Department about a year ago. At some point though, Delaware County authorities allege, the badge and gun went to the married man's head, and he morphed into a predator. Yesterday, Scott, 34, of Berwyn, was busted for allegedly taking two 23-year-old women to a Springfield, Delaware County, park on separate nights last weekend and trying to talk them into sex in exchange for their freedom.
July 24, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA is turning the corner on crime. The latest statistics show sharp decreases in almost every major offense, led by homicide, which is down 30 percent this year compared to the same period in 2012. It does not end there. The city has seen double-digit decreases in other major crimes, including robbery and auto theft, and smaller but significant declines in such crimes as aggravated assault and burglary. At the beginning of July, of the 14 types of major crimes that police track on a weekly basis, nine were at their lowest levels in the last five years.
June 21, 2013
WHO IS RICHARD DeCoatsworth? Is he the hero cop who took a bullet for you or the junkie with the hair-trigger temper who beats up innocent civilians? Is he the polite, deferential man of the public interviews, or the pill-popping, gun-waving rapist? How dangerous is he and how did he get that way? Were red flags waving during his career that his supervisors didn't see or chose to ignore? I've talked with the 27-year-old DeCoatsworth on several occasions, including an informal meeting in a coffee shop near his Port Richmond home, and a long, formal interview in the lobby bar of the Sheraton, formerly the Franklin Plaza.
May 21, 2013 |
Today on PhillyDailyNews.com: View an interactive timeline looking back at the troubled career of former Police Officer Richard DeCoatsworth. IN 2008, AFTER the sentencing of a man who shot him in the face, Richard DeCoatsworth, who was then a Philly cop, said: "That young man's life is over now. He's going to have to find some way to get used to his new home. I'm sure the guys up there [in state prison] can't wait to meet him. " But this weekend, it was DeCoatsworth who found a new home behind bars, after he was charged with 32 crimes - including promoting prostitution, human trafficking and rape - for two cases involving alleged heinous acts against women.
May 8, 2013 |
MIKE CHITWOOD was a rookie cop fresh out of the Police Academy on Nov. 7, 1964, when he was walking a beat on Susquehanna Avenue in North Philadelphia with a seasoned officer who was teaching him the ropes. Chitwood - who went on to become a much-honored Philly cop and is now the police superintendent of Upper Darby Township - and his partner, Mike Muto, might not have been prepared for heroics that day, but that's what they got. On the 1600 block, they saw flames shooting out of a house and a woman with a baby hanging onto a rope between the second and third floors, calling for help.
February 27, 2013 |
What would it take to become commissioner of the New York Police Department within 10 years of graduating from the police academy? What kind of person could accomplish so much - and all before his 35th birthday? What drive, determination, force of will? And what sacrifices? What ruthlessness? That's the fascinating premise of the new CBS police procedural Golden Boy , which premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. It's one of two new prime-time cop shows this week - the other is the TNT reality series Boston's Finest , which premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. Golden Boy is the latest addition to CBS' cop-glutted schedule and, after Blue Bloods , its second about a New York City police commissioner.