October 19, 2015 |
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.
March 30, 2015 |
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.
March 27, 2015 |
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.
August 2, 2014 |
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.
June 19, 2014 |
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.
March 20, 2014 |
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.
March 17, 2014 |
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.
February 26, 2014 |
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.
February 19, 2014 |
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.
January 29, 2014 |
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.