May 2, 2002 |
Cheyney University officials said a panel will look into allegations of police misconduct stemming from the early morning arrest yesterday of a student. The five-person panel was convened by university president W. Clinton Pettus after he met with a group of students, spokeswoman Sharon Cannon said. The panel will look into claims by students that Pennsylvania state troopers from the Media barracks may have used unjust force in detaining Michael Vincent Etter, 21, of Philadelphia.
March 18, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - The New Orleans Police Department has engaged in a wide-ranging pattern of misconduct including the excessive use of force and unconstitutional arrests, the Justice Department announced Thursday. In a lacerating report that followed an investigation requested by local officials, the Justice Department found the department had failed to adequately protect the city. There have been complaints about the department for years, but the difficulties reached a crescendo when unarmed people were shot amid the tumult of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
April 22, 1986 |
Citing a "widespread perception" that police abuse in Philadelphia "has been increasing and becoming more violent," a coalition of community groups yesterday recommended a series of reforms aimed at reducing police misconduct and increasing departmental accountability. The recommendations included requiring the mayor and police commissioner to give yearly public reports on the department; making public all police policies and procedures; toughening the department's deadly-force guidelines; increasing the number of blacks, Hispanics and women on the force, and changing the manner in which the department deals with reports of misconduct.
September 29, 1993 |
Neil Ferber's 45 months on death row for a 1981 mob-related double murder he didn't commit will cost the city $4.5 million. A Common Pleas jury yesterday blamed the Police Department, and two officers in particular, with wrongfully prosecuting Ferber as one of two gunmen who blew away reputed mobster Chelsais "Steve" Booras and a dining companion at the Meletis Restaurant at 8th Street near Catharine. The jurors' award included $2.5 million in punitive damages, $750,000 for intentionally inflicting emotional distress, and $500,000 for the suffering of Ferber's ex-wife, Annette.
July 3, 2010 |
A former city employee who investigated police misconduct says city officials fired him last year for giving to Philadelphia Daily News reporters information that led to their Pulitzer Prize-winning series on police corruption. In a federal lawsuit filed here Friday, Wellington Stubbs, who was the chief investigator for the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission, created to handle reports of police wrongdoing, said Mayor Nutter and the deputy mayor for public safety, Everett Gillison, retaliated against him for helping the Daily News.
December 13, 2013 |
POLICE IN A Bucks County town acted appropriately when they stun-gunned a handcuffed teen fleeing arrest, prosecutors announced yesterday. Joseph Williams, 14, was handcuffed on suspicion of shoplifting and was fleeing arrest on foot when Tullytown cops shot him with a stun gun last month. His scraped-up mug made the rounds on social-media networks after his mother blamed his injuries on a police thrashing. Police maintained that the ninth-grader's face-first fall caused all the damage, including a broken nose.
November 17, 1995 |
Police misconduct is costing Philadelphia taxpayers a fortune. In the last 28 months, the city has agreed to pay about $20 million in lawsuits arising from citizen complaints, according to city Law Department records and court documents. The payments arose from more than 225 civil cases that the city has either settled or paid since July 1993. The cases include 78 complaints of police assault, 18 of civil rights violations, 50 of excessive force, 56 of false arrests, and 7 of police shootings.
September 11, 1995
Dumfounding! Unbelievable! Beyond comprehension! I'm talking about the continuing police scandals in our city. To the remainder of the men and women of the Police Department, it is an unwarranted black eye. The majority of officers do their job without depending on manufactured evidence or falsely accusing anyone, but people think, "There's another one of those criminal cops. " All the honest hard work over the span of a career is put aside and forgotten each time people read of yet another cop gone wrong.
December 15, 2010 |
Passion, anger, frustration and optimism radiated from testimony at a City Council hearing yesterday on police misconduct. "I fully acknowledge that we have a problem in our organization now and I'm committed to fixing it," said Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. Council members Donna Reed Miller and Curtis Jones Jr. held the nearly seven-hour committee hearing in hopes of garnering suggestions on how to improve police-community relations, publicize methods to file complaints and explore how police misconduct is being addressed.
December 23, 1992 |
In the early hours of Nov. 12, 1989, Officer Luis Lazarde arrested two men outside a bar on Germantown Avenue. Both men were taken to the hospital with head injuries that night. The officers who transported the prisoners said they found one of them - Ventura Martinez Perez - bleeding when they arrived that night. They said they saw Officer Lazarde strike the second prisoner - Victor Rodriguez. They also said Lazarde tried to get them to help cover up the incident. Lazarde denied the accusations and said his fellow officers were framing him. In April 1991, then-Police Commissioner Willie L. Williams announced that he was firing Lazarde for misconduct.