August 23, 1995 |
He is a decorated 13-year veteran. He once was dragged for a block with his arm wedged in the window of a stolen car and cracked his back, but he still arrested the thief. He comes from tough law-enforcement stock. His father is a former cop, his uncle a no-nonsense Common Pleas Court judge. Now Louis J. Maier 3d is the sixth former 39th District police officer to admit that he is dirty. Maier, 38, has reached a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office and is scheduled to appear before a federal district judge today to enter his guilty plea, his attorney, L. Felipe Restrepo, said yesterday.
May 16, 2015 |
Six members of an elite Philadelphia narcotics squad were acquitted Thursday of federal corruption charges - a verdict the men described as "vindication" after nearly a decade of federal scrutiny surrounding their conduct. A jury of six men and six women took 51/2 days to reject prosecutors' arguments that former Officers Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman, and John Speiser routinely beat and robbed drug suspects during their time as members of the Narcotics Field Unit.
January 13, 1987 |
After six years as a federal prosecutor in Philadelphia, including three years uprooting corruption in the Police Department, Howard Klein is leaving the U.S. attorney's office. By Friday, Klein will have packed his bags to become a partner in the Center City law firm of Blank, Rome, Comisky and McCauley. "It's time to move on," said Klein, 36, a widely respected prosecutor who has spent the last year as chief of the criminal division supervising 45 trial lawyers for U.S. Attorney Edward S.G. Dennis Jr. Those who got to know him by his work in the U.S. Courthouse - agents, other prosecutors, defense attorneys - say Klein was a talented, aggressive and fair advocate for the government.
January 3, 1986 |
Kevin M. Tucker, sworn in yesterday as Philadelphia's police commissioner, said that among his first priorities would be ending police corruption and "the verbal and physical abuse of our citizens" by police. With that in mind, he immediately announced the creation of a new command position of first deputy commissioner, to be filled by Robert Armstrong, a former deputy commissioner who had served as acting commissioner since Gregore J. Sambor resigned in November. "First Deputy Commissioner Armstrong will be responsible with me for reviewing and enhancing programs regarding ethics and accountability and for ensuring the departmental cooperation with outside agencies," Tucker said.
August 27, 1995 |
Scandals at the Philadelphia Police Department have a familiar ring. In 1981, when I was U.S. Attorney, my office obtained indictments and convictions of 12 officers. In time, 35 members of the department were convicted, including its No. 2 officer. The investigation ended in 1986. Nine years later, a fresh wave of corruption has been exposed, this one appearing to dwarf the last one. Experience teaches that there are several factors underlying nearly every police corruption scandal.
May 9, 1996 |
Los Angeles Police Chief Willie Williams, in Philadelphia to promote his new book, told an audience at Temple University that he favors using nonviolent prisoners to clean up graffiti. "I think it's a good idea," Williams told about 60 people gathered in Kiva Auditorium at 13th Street and Cecil B. Moore Boulevard. "Graffiti vandalism is what it is. It does send a signal that we don't care about this wall, we don't care about this block, this neighborhood. " Although he said he has been "concentrating on L.A. " and hasn't kept up with events in Philadelphia, Williams did claim credit for starting the current probe into police corruption when he was the police commissioner here.
August 5, 2010 |
Faced with a growing number of Philadelphia Police officers in handcuffs, Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey on Thursday announced plans to assign more officers to the department's Internal Affairs bureau, enhance officer training in ethics issues and create new ways for officers to report misconduct among their colleagues. Ramsey said he was not sure how many officers would be transferred to Internal Affairs, but said they would be assigned to a joint task force that works with the FBI on investigating police corruption.
June 30, 1996 |
Ten officers have been charged, six have pleaded guilty and were sentenced to long prison terms, and federal prosecutors are apparently still far from finished with their probe of corruption in the Philadelphia Police Department. But there's another probe under way that asks not what happened but why. Unlike the federal criminal investigation, this parallel probe is not going to put anyone in jail. Yet for the city and its taxpayers, the stakes in the second investigation could not be higher.
January 24, 1986 |
A Feasterville man, who was charged Dec. 2 with trying to bribe a Bucks County police chief to overlook prostitution, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on charges of perjury in his testimony on police corruption in Philadelphia. The indictment charges that John Catagnus, 43, of Westview Avenue, the owner of several go-go bars and massage parlors in the Philadelphia area, lied when he told the grand jury in November 1984 that he had not paid Philadelphia police to protect massage parlors that he owned in the city.