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June 8, 1995 | by Valerie M. Russ, Daily News Staff Writer
Ever thought you had a dinner invitation, only to find the hosts weren't home? That was what it was like for Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission members who went to Harrisburg yesterday to discuss a bill aimed at putting them out of business. When they arrived for what they thought was a 10 a.m. meeting with the House Urban Affairs Committee, they were stunned to learn the meeting had been moved and they couldn't present testimony. "We went down, outside the House floor, and found a meeting (of the committee)
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February 3, 1994 | By Jeff Gammage, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The members of the new Police Advisory Commission met for the first time yesterday, and heard congratulations on their appointments, praise for their fairness and warnings that they would soon find themselves wading into controversy. Mayor Rendell, who appointed the board despite his opposition to the concept of civilian oversight, lauded the members as "19 people who will be fair, 19 people who are dedicated, committed people. " Then he ventured a modest prediction: "You will probably be abused by both sides.
NEWS
September 12, 1993 | By Doreen Carvajal, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The taste of victory is as flat as old champagne for supporters of the movement to create a civilian board to investigate allegations of police misconduct. Almost three months after City Council overrode a mayoral veto and prodded Mayor Rendell to fashion an advisory board, the concept remains nothing more than the flash and dazzle of a controversial idea. No staff has been hired. No board members have been selected. And there are faint strains of the same family feud that divided the mayor from a largely cooperative City Council in the spring.
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December 14, 2012 | BY BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writer lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
A POLICE BOARD found Officer Elaine Thomas, a 15-year veteran of the force, guilty Wednesday of an alleged tax scam and recommended that she be suspended for 30 days without pay. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey has the final say on how Thomas should be disciplined and said that he had not yet read the Police Board of Inquiry's findings. "As soon as I review it, I will make a final determination," he said. Thomas, 41, allegedly falsely claimed in signed court documents in six real-estate transactions that she was related by blood to people who were listed as the sellers.
NEWS
April 11, 2001 | by Nicole Weisensee Egan Daily News Staff Writer
Police Commissioner John Timoney announced yesterday he will now have three deputy police commissioners involved in the discipline of commanders above the rank of lieutenant. The deputy police commissioners will sit on the Police Board of Inquiry as fact finders for those cases. For those below the rank of lieutenant, the board will continue to consist of a police officer, a sergeant and a captain. The announcement came in the aftermath of criticism over the punishment he gave Capt.
NEWS
March 2, 1995 | By Kyle York Spencer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
To promote communication between the public and police, the Upper Merion Board of Supervisors has proposed creating a citizen advisory board that would focus on community relations without oversight power over police practices. The board will vote tonight to advertise a proposed ordinance that would establish such an advisory panel for the Police Department. Some of the responsibilities of the appointed seven-member board would be to enhance the delivery of police services, improve public safety awareness, increase public knowledge about police procedures and duties, and address citizens' concerns about police services, township officials said.
NEWS
March 9, 1994 | By Jeff Gammage, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The serenity of a sun-drenched day in the city is broken by the roar of gunshots. Three armed robbers back quickly out of a drugstore, their weapons pointed at the people inside. One grips a nasty-looking M-16 rifle. Who stands between them and their escape? Jane Dalton, a 49-year-old Center City lawyer, the acting chair of Philadelphia's new Police Advisory Commission. A 9mm semiautomatic handgun is strapped to her hip. "Stop!" Dalton shouts at the crooks. They ignore her. Dalton's hand slides toward her Smith & Wesson.
NEWS
February 15, 1996 | By Mark Fazlollah, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Police Board of Inquiry has held a closed-door hearing in the case of 35th District Sgt. Demetrius Beasley, who was accused of leaving a suspect paralyzed after a 1994 arrest for disorderly conduct. In the hearing Tuesday, from which reporters were barred, the three-member panel heard testimony on departmental charges stemming from the injury of Gino Thompson, who has successfully sued the city for $600,000 for his injuries. On April 16, 1994, Thompson was arrested for disorderly conduct after a dispute with his girlfriend at Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue.
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December 10, 2010 | By BARBARA LAKER & WENDY RUDERMAN, lakerb@phillynews.com 215-854-5933
THE SUN hung low in the sky as Franchezka Garcia followed the police cruiser in her minivan through the battered streets of West Kensington. Garcia's stepfather, Jose Castro, sat handcuffed in the cruiser's back seat that warm spring evening. Minutes before, Garcia, 26, her boyfriend, Jay DeJesus, 22, and Castro, 46, had stopped for gas at Front and Lehigh. Castro went inside the mini-mart for a pack of smokes. As Castro emerged from the store, Garcia saw Officer Joseph Sulpizio stop, search and handcuff him. She thought that he was taking Castro to the police district, so she and DeJesus followed in her minivan.
NEWS
February 9, 1996 | By Mark Fazlollah, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Officer Kevin Wong's lawyer says his client was so drunk that he had "three sails flying" when he and his buddies accosted an 18-year-old girl in an ugly incident that left her suffering from a broken cheekbone. Wong was not only drunk, he also had wretched luck. The injured girl turned out to be the daughter of a Philadelphia police sergeant. Lt. Wong's case went before the Police Board of Inquiry yesterday in proceedings that could cost him his career. The Wong case came to light as a result of the Philadelphia Police Department's new policy of opening board disciplinary hearings to reporters.
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October 19, 2015 | By Mark Fazlollah and Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writers
For two decades, the Police Advisory Commission has battled abuse by Philadelphia officers but felt powerless to do its job. Despite being the official civilian oversight agency for police misconduct, it had no regular access to the department's own investigations of shootings - and little recourse. That's changed. Under the Police Department's new rules on shootings by officers, the PAC's director will have equal standing with four deputy commissioners in deciding whether or not police actions are justified.
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March 30, 2015 | By Mark Fazlollah, Aubrey Whelan, and Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writers
On April 28, 2009, Officer Richard DeCoatsworth shot a mentally ill man named Anthony Temple in the hip during a confrontation in Logan. Temple was trying to grab DeCoatsworth's 9mm service weapon, the officer said. DeCoatsworth was able to backpedal, draw his gun, and empty a round into Temple. Then a backup officer fired another bullet that killed the disturbed 28-year-old at Lindley Avenue and Warnock Street. When Internal Affairs investigators probed the shooting, they found that DeCoatsworth may have violated the department's policy on deadly force - officers are instructed to shoot only if they are in fear that they or someone else will be seriously hurt or killed.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
FOLLOWING a Justice Department report on the use of lethal force by Philadelphia police, Mayor Nutter yesterday signed an executive order creating an independent oversight committee to implement the report's recommendations. "It is clear that changes need to be made with regard to the use of force in the Philadelphia Police Department and all across the city," Nutter said. The mayor said the 15-member committee would assess and implement the 91 recommendations in the report. JoAnne A. Epps, dean of Temple University's Beasley School of Law, will chair the committee, he said.
NEWS
August 2, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reacting to the arrest of six Philadelphia police narcotics officers on federal corruption charges, the Committee of Seventy on Thursday called for replacing the Police Advisory Commission with a more powerful and independent oversight body. "Police misconduct has become an epidemic," said Ellen Mattleman Kaplan, interim president and chief executive officer of the nonpartisan watchdog group. "Too many officers play by their own rules and are poisoning the integrity of the entire police force," she said.
NEWS
June 19, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE VEHICULAR-homicide trial of an East Germantown man accused of running over an off-duty Philadelphia police officer in July 2012 ended abruptly yesterday when the judge acquitted the defendant. Kareem Alleyne, 36, walked out of court free on counts of homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter after his attorney, James Funt, asked for and received the acquittal from Common Pleas Judge Lillian Ransom. Funt made the request after Assistant District Attorney Mark Levenberg had rested his case on the trial's fourth day. In his opening statement Thursday, the prosecutor had told the jury that Alleyne had enough time to avoid running over Marc Brady, 32 - who was riding a bicycle toward him - but chose instead to strike him. The men had bad blood for two years.
NEWS
March 20, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
PHILADELPHIA police Officer Robbi Huff, fresh off an arrest for domestic violence, has been given her walking papers. Police spokesman Lt. John Stanford confirmed yesterday that Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey suspended Huff, 35, for 30 days with the intent to dismiss. The Daily News reported Saturday that Huff was arrested Thursday when Cheltenham Township cops were called to her boyfriend's house on Arboretum Road near Rock Creek Drive on a report of a domestic dispute.
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March 17, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
A PHILADELPHIA police officer who's already in hot water with the department was arrested earlier this week by Cheltenham Township police. Robbi Huff, 35, was charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct, harassment and resisting arrest after a fight with her boyfriend on Thursday, said Cheltenham Township Police Chief John Norris. Police were called to Arboretum Road near Rock Creek Drive for a reported domestic dispute shortly before 3 p.m. Huff was allegedly "out of control," Norris said, and her boyfriend had "visible injuries to his face.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
FOR YEARS, Philadelphia Police Officer Terra Barrow had a side job running a handful of websites and phone lines appealing to lusty callers with fetishes both tame and taboo. Barrow told the Daily News yesterday that she stopped running the sites - which featured fetishes that would be illegal if acted upon in real life, like pedophilia, rape, incest, kidnapping and snuff - about two years ago, because she worried that they would endanger her police job. Turns out she had no reason to worry.
NEWS
February 19, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
ANDRE BOYER says the Philadelphia Police Department did him wrong, over and over again. After 17 years on the force, he was kicked to the curb in August by Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey at the recommendation of the Police Board of Inquiry. The internal disciplinary board cited Boyer for a handful of departmental violations over the allegedly questionable way that he seized $6,000 in cash from a man during a 2011 arrest. A few months before he was fired, Boyer saw the District Attorney's Office and others publicly question his credibility in an Inquirer article about a 2008 Internal Affairs investigation into dozens of arrest reports that he had allegedly filled out improperly.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
WELL, THIS IS shaping up to be a fine mess. Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Evelyn Heath soon will face a Police Board of Inquiry hearing over allegations that she handwrote a series of letters accusing numerous colleagues of wrongdoing, police sources have told the Daily News . Heath contends that a retired police commander already has confessed to writing the notes. But an FBI handwriting analyst, brought in to help with an Internal Affairs probe, determined that Heath was the author, the sources said.
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