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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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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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July 19, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The family of Tyree Carroll, the Germantown man whose violent April arrest was captured on video, demanded Friday that the Police Department fire the officers involved. Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said that won't happen while the department investigates the incident - "Officers are entitled to due process like everyone else" - but that he was taking the case seriously. Carroll's case came to attention this month when a video of his arrest surfaced on YouTube. In the video, Carroll can be seen bent double with two officers attempting to handcuff him, one of whom then punches and kicks him. As more officers arrive and surround him, he is punched and kicked again, and at one point an officer yells, "You're getting the [expletive]
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July 11, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The commotion started just before midnight on a side street in Germantown. A husband and wife in a house nearby heard yelling and ran to the window. Streetlights illuminated a struggle in the street, between two officers and a 22-year-old man who lived down the block. The woman took out her cellphone and began to record. The video she took April 3 was posted online Wednesday night and quickly garnered tens of thousands of views. It shows the 22-year-old, Tyree Carroll, being punched and kicked by police officers on the 600 block of Locust Avenue.
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July 5, 2015
Police say they have identified the man they say shot at a police officer Wednesday night in the Parkside neighborhood of Camden. Victor Bennett, 21, of Camden, shot Officer Prince Reed around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Camden County Police Department said Friday in a news release. The U.S. Marshal's Service is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to his arrest, according to the release. Bennett is described as a 6-foot-2 black man, weighing 195 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
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June 30, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
It felt like a hard tap on the shoulder. He didn't fall off his bicycle, or suffer any injury, but Karl Nelson, out for a Saturday morning ride with friends, quickly realized he had been hit by a car while biking. "It's more jarring than anything else," the 31-year-old Philadelphian said. "It's sort of like being shoved by somebody. " He was surprised by who was driving the car. Whitemarsh Township Police Cpl. Christopher Wilhelm hit Nelson with his patrol car's passenger side mirror on June 6 while passing a group of cyclists on Hector Street, according to a statement from police.
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June 25, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
The mother of a 10-year-old Gloucester County boy struck and killed by a speeding police car in late December has filed a lawsuit against the county, Franklin Township, the police officer involved, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Attorneys for Michelle Harding of Franklin filed the suit Friday in federal court in Camden, alleging wrongful death and contending that a number of agencies acted negligently, effectively contributing to the accident. Harding had made known her intention to sue in the wake of her son's Dec. 28 death.
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June 25, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
TESTIFYING yesterday in a soft voice, in a courtroom partly filled with police officers, Najee Rivera said after he was pulled over by two cops, he fled on his motor scooter, but was later knocked to the ground and beaten and attacked by the two cops. "I seen them come with their nightsticks and I got scared," Rivera, 23, testified about why he fled on his scooter after first being stopped by Officers Kevin Robinson and Sean McKnight about 9:50 p.m. May 29, 2013, at Marshall and Cambria streets, in the Fairhill section of North Philly.
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June 23, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury and Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writers
Police were searching Sunday for two men who shot up a West Philadelphia cookout the night before, opening fire with a shotgun and leaving 10 people wounded, including a toddler and two other children. All 10 were struck with birdshot and taken to area hospitals. Eight, including the three children, were treated and released, police said Sunday. Two men, ages 26 and 46, were admitted to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and were still there Sunday night. Neighbors gathered for a party in the 4100 block of Ogden Street when gunfire rang out just before 10 p.m. Saturday, police said.
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June 12, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
MELISSA ALVAREZ enjoys it when police officers behave like pals. "This officer just took a selfie with me, the other greeted us with high-fives," said the 17-year-old Frankford resident, who is also president of the Philadelphia Youth Commission. "I want to see more officers like that!" Alvarez was one of several panelists at "Securing our Future," a meeting on community policing yesterday in City Hall organized by several groups including the Police Advisory Commission, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations and the mayor's office.
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