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May 12, 2006 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A fugitive who used his head as a battering ram to escape from a moving police car came to his senses yesterday and surrendered, authorities said. Talion T. Goffney, 24, of Pennsauken, was arrested May 4 after police saw him dealing drugs at the Clementon Court apartments on the White Horse Pike, Clementon Police Chief David Kunkel said. Officers confiscated a handgun and a half-ounce of cocaine from Goffney and put him in the backseat of a patrol car in handcuffs, Kunkel said.
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June 29, 2007 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A South Philadelphia motorist at the center of a Deptford Township police brutality case testified yesterday that two police officers "were playing tug of war with me" as they beat him in the backseat of a police car. Joseph A. Rao, 19, nervously told a Superior Court jury in Gloucester County how he struggled with two police officers after he was stopped Feb. 2, 2006, for allegedly running a stop sign. After the officers handcuffed him and put him into the police car, he said, two officers dived in and attacked.
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December 14, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
TULLYTOWN The Bucks County district attorney on Thursday cleared Tullytown police of any wrongdoing when they used a Taser last month on a handcuffed teen who had run from them and then fell on his face. The 14-year-old suffered numerous facial injuries. A photo of his bruised and scabbed face, which went viral, prompted the investigation. The boy's family said it remained unsatisfied with the district attorney's conclusion and repeated claims of excessive force after the boy was arrested on shoplifting charges.
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August 6, 1989 | By Joshua Klein, Special to The Inquirer
A .22-caliber bullet was shot through the windshield of an Easttown police car that was parked in the station's lot Monday night. An Easttown police officer, who was not identified, arrived back at the station at 10:55 p.m. and had been inside for only about five minutes when he heard the single shot fired, according to Police Chief John C. Stillwell. The officer, one of three men on duty, dived to the ground after the shot, according to Stillwell, and called for assistance.
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January 31, 1991 | By Marguerite P. Jones, Special to The Inquirer
The Langhorne Borough Police Department is revved and ready to go. The only problem is the police are still waiting for wheels so they can get around the borough. For the first time in more than 25 years, the borough has a police force - a chief and and two part-time patrol officers. But the police car that has been on order since Dec. 20 has not arrived. "The manufacturer keeps telling the dealer that the car is en route," Mayor Jeff Minton said. At a special meeting Monday, Langhorne Borough Council appointed two part- time patrol officers, Michael L. Jones, 20, of Middletown, and Edward G. Ottaway, 34, of Penndel, who were chosen from among 23 applicants.
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August 7, 1986 | By John Hall, Special to The Inquirer
Following its manager's advice to pay now instead of later, Upper Southampton's Board of Supervisors has voted to purchase a new police car. "If you don't do it this year, we're going to be in dire straits next year. Sooner or later, you have to pay the piper," township manager Robert M. Pellegrino told the board Tuesday. The 3-1 vote to pay the piper about $11,500 this year will allow the police department to replace one of its 11 cars. The vote transferred a surplus in the patrolmen's salary fund to another fund to purchase the car. The current budget made no allocation for a new police car. Pellegrino said that the fleet of cars was heavily used, and that about two-thirds of the cars have traveled more than 75,000 miles.
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September 29, 1987 | By Nancy Phillips, Special to The Inquirer
Cherry Hill Mayor Maria Barnaby Greenwald repeatedly borrowed an unmarked township police car - sometimes for several weeks at a time - beginning last December while her own car was having mechanical problems, council members learned last night. Police Chief Robert Tonczyczyn said he and Business Administrator Jacqueline Lampert arranged for Greenwald's use of a 1986 Chevrolet that the township leased for its police investigators so that if the mayor needed a car when hers was not available, "she would have a clean car. " The car that Greenwald borrowed was an unexpected addition to a 12-car fleet provided under a three-year contract with Miller Leasing of Mount Holly, the chief said.
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September 23, 1987 | By Jodi Spiegel, Special to The Inquirer
The New Jersey State Police arrested a teenager on an attempted-murder charge yesterday after he led officers on a high-speed chase through a portion of Cherry Hill and backed an automobile into a state police car, injuring one trooper, a police spokesman said. Mark Skversky, 18, of the 1500 block of Hillside Drive, Cherry Hill, was arrested just after 2 p.m. at an apartment in the Village of Pine Run, Blackwood. The State Police Major Crimes Unit charged him with aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of stolen property, escape and resisting arrest in addition to attempted murder, Lt. Thomas Gallagher said.
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March 17, 2008 | By Andrew Maykuth and John Sullivan INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Police are searching for a Houdini-like suspect who stole a 25th Police District patrol car early yesterday while handcuffed, drove into New Jersey, and escaped after crashing the car by a Camden apartment complex. The suspect, described as a slightly built Hispanic man in his 20s, managed to steal patrol car 2520 after he had been left in the back of the Chevrolet cruiser with his hands cuffed behind his back. How the suspect took control of the vehicle will be the subject of an internal investigation, said Lt. Frank Vanore, the department spokesman.
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December 8, 1994 | By Wendy Walker, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Add another mishap to the life of Richard Legree, the controversial Valley Township police sergeant and Coatesville constable. At 5:30 p.m. Friday, Legree, 41, stopped by to visit his ill mother at her home in the 100 block of North Fifth Avenue in Coatesville. He parked his unmarked Valley Township police car in front of her house and left the car keys sitting on the front seat. Less than five minutes later, the 1991 Chevrolet Caprice was gone. Legree said he heard the car door shut, looked out, and saw the car being driven off. He immediately called Coatesville police, who notified other departments.
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April 24, 2016 | By Alfred Lubrano, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police detective charged with kicking a man and breaking his right leg will stand trial on aggravated assault and other charges, a municipal judge ordered Friday. Adam O'Donnell, 43, a nine-year member of the force, sat silently during a preliminary hearing as Judge Teresa Carr Deni ruled. Several fellow detectives were in the courtroom in apparent support of O'Donnell. Theodore Life III, 45, testified during the hearing that O'Donnell kicked him in the right knee, fracturing his femur, on Feb. 3, 2015, outside the Special Victims Unit at 300 E. Hunting Park Ave. In addition to aggravated assault, O'Donnell was charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, and official oppression.
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April 22, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman and Michael Boren, STAFF WRITERS
TRENTON - A 2014 law requiring all New Jersey municipalities to outfit new police patrol cars with dashboard cameras is unconstitutional because it does not provide an adequate funding source, a state board ruled Wednesday. The ruling by the Council on Local Mandates on a challenge brought by Deptford Township, Gloucester County, could relieve stress on municipal budgets across the state. The council did not weigh in on the merits of the politically charged debate over the utility of dashboard and body cameras in improving police accountability.
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April 3, 2016
A 13-year-old boy suffered a non-life-threatening injury when he was struck by a police vehicle Friday afternoon in the city's Spring Garden section, police said. The accident occurred about 5:15 p.m. on Broad Street and Fairmount Avenue. The police officer was responding to a call to assist another officer when his vehicle hit the teen. The victim was transported to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. The officer was not hurt. - Robert Moran
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March 6, 2016
Two suspects were in custody after someone shot at an unmarked police vehicle in the city's Frankford section Friday night. One bullet struck the front bumper of the vehicle shortly after 7 p.m. in the 5300 block of Hedge Street, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The bullet pierced the front grill and hit the radiator. The officer in the car was not hurt, Small said. Police were initially drawn to the location when nearby narcotics investigators heard numerous gunshots in the area.
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January 13, 2016 | Solomon Jones, Columnist
LATE LAST WEEK, as darkness draped the streets of West Philadelphia, Edward Archer was caught on video walking up to a police cruiser, extending his arm, and pumping 13 bullets into the vehicle, hitting Officer Jesse Hartnett three times. The gravely wounded officer returned fire, hitting the fleeing suspect, and Archer was captured shortly thereafter. But it wasn't the shooting that shocked the city. Nor was it the irony of Archer shooting Hartnett with a police service weapon that had been stolen from an officer's home in 2013.
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January 10, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
All SEPTA Police Department officers will soon be equipped with body cameras that will offer a new layer of protection to police and customers, the agency's chief said Friday. "I like to say, cameras are going to make good cops great cops, and make the rest of them follow the rules," Chief Thomas Nestel III said during a news conference. Most of the department's 289 officers already have body cameras, the chief said, and the remainder will be equipped with them in coming days. The department spent about $300,000 on the cameras and an additional $100,000 on training, the agency said.
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November 1, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer suffered a broken foot Friday afternoon when a police car hit him while pursuing a suspect in West Philadelphia, police said. The incident began around 1:35 p.m. when an 18th District officer driving down the 5300 block of Spruce Street spotted a man with a baseball bat climb out of a black Honda. The man started smacking the bat against the windshield of an SUV also parked on the block. The officer attempted to stop the man, who got back into his car and sped off, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.
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August 18, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IT WOULDN'T TAKE you more than a few seconds on the Internet to find a police controversy that began with one of the most common occurrences in law enforcement: a car stop. Police officials, legal experts and countless social media users all study the dashboard camera videos and smartphone recordings that often accompany these stories. A clear video with decent audio can help a viewer to separate fact from fiction and understand how and why some encounters take a turn for the worse.
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July 24, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday it was investigating an incident, captured on videotape and witnessed by neighborhood residents, in which a man was pummeled, kicked, and severely beaten by police officers in the City of Chester. The beating occurred Sunday morning evidently after Walter "Ed" Moat, 49, an African American who neighbors said had a mental disability, was stopped for going the wrong way on a street near the city's border with Chester Township.
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July 23, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
A fleeing suspect was shot and wounded Tuesday during a wild, 21/2-mile police chase that began in Chester and ended when he crashed into a police car after ramming his vehicle into a gate at a Chester prison complex, Delaware County officials said. The driver, identified as Brian Bowe, 24, of Wilmington, was reported in stable condition at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. The incident began around 10:30 a.m. at 12th Street and Melrose Avenue, near the I-95 exit, when Chester police attempted to stop a vehicle driven by a man believed to have been involved in drug activity, said Emily Harris, spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office.
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