August 2, 2016 |
VOTE, THEY told us. We did that. Stop rioting, they told us. We did that, too. Let the justice system do their job, they told us. We even did that. Be patient, they told us. Well, we've been doing that for more than a century. And still . . . And still . . . And still, all of the charges have been dropped against the officers involved in the Freddie Gray case. On April 12, 2015, Freddie Gray was walking in his Baltimore neighborhood, but when he saw police officers in the area, he started running.
July 1, 2016 |
A 14-year-old armed with a loaded revolver was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly pointed the weapon at Chester police. The unidentified teen is charged in juvenile court with possession of firearm by a minor, and possession of firearm with altered manufactures number. About 10 p.m., a group of individuals was observed loitering in the Chester Apartments in the 1200 block of West 9th Street, according to police. As a police van approached them from 8th and Pennell Streets, the teen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and cargo pants reached to his waistband, took out a large firearm and began to walk backward in the direction of another police unit.
June 7, 2016
If Mayor Kenney has his way, Democratic National Convention dissenters may feel the Bern next month - but they shouldn't feel the sting of plastic wrist restraints or endure a jarring ride in the back of a police van. Nor would anyone else who takes to the streets of Philadelphia in peaceful protest or gets harmlessly carried away for another reason - think Mardi Gras or maybe even another sports championship. A smart proposal to ease the city's handling of so-called nuisance offenses, proposed by Kenney and passed by a City Council committee last week, would grant the Police Department greater discretion in dealing with disorderly conduct, drunkenness, blocked streets, or failure to heed an order to disperse.
June 5, 2016
Philadelphia police have recovered a van that was stolen from a 78-year-old man who was slain inside his Southwest Philadelphia home earlier this week. Joseph Daly's blue 2003 Ford E-150 van was found unoccupied about 5 p.m. Thursday on the 4700 block of Griscom Street in Frankford, police said Friday. Daly, a well-known neighborhood handyman, was found beaten and strangled Tuesday afternoon in the 6300 block of Theodore Street. Police believe Daly's assailants took the van after killing him. According to neighbors and one of the victim's two sons, Daly was assaulted by juveniles in his neighborhood just days before he was slain.
May 25, 2016 |
I WAS NOT surprised by the acquittal Monday of Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero in a trial related to the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, a black man who was arrested and suffered a catastrophic neck injury while in police custody. Prosecutors charged Nero, 30, with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office. They said Nero acted without regard for Gray's safety by failing to place a seat belt on Gray, who was shackled and placed on his stomach in the back of a police van. It's not that I believe Nero was innocent.
April 12, 2016
BALTIMORE - A year after the death of Freddie Gray, a small part of his legacy can be seen at a southwest Baltimore recreation center, where the pounding of basketballs and squeak of sneakers echo off the walls as young black men in shorts and sweats face off. Ken Hurst, a white policeman, watches from the side, a bum knee the only thing that keeps him from playing. He visits the game each week, not to make arrests but to make friends. "I need them to realize I'm not out here to lock everyone up," he says.
February 5, 2016 |
A police van crashed while taking two shooting victims to the hospital Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Police did not say what caused the crash, at Washington Avenue and Grays Ferry. Both men were in already serious condition after being shot at 23rd and Oakford Streets around 2:30 p.m., police said. A 25-year-old man was shot once in the back, according to police, and the other man, age 23, was shot in the left thigh and scrotum. Neither man appeared to suffer any additional injuries as a result of the crash, said Lt. John Stanford.
November 17, 2015 |
At first the boy thought the two babies were dolls, left in the alley behind the North Philadelphia car lot. But early Sunday, the morning after making the discovery, 9-year-old Kasime Crawford told his father that they had a distinct smell. The father called police. At about 10:45 a.m. Sunday, investigators found the deceased newborns - one male and one female - on the 1800 block of North Palethorp Street in Kensington. The corpses had already been autopsied, officials said. Police on Sunday were searching for a black pickup truck that had been dumping trash near where the bodies were found.
November 12, 2015 |
A Temple University police vehicle went up in flames at a North Philadelphia gas station Monday after an officer drove away from a pump with a hose still attached to his gas tank. The officer was filling the tank of a patrol van at a BP station at Broad Street and Girard Avenue, and drove off without placing the hose back on the pump. The pump caught fire - as did a Temple squad car that was also at the station. The patrol van was unaffected. University officials said Tuesday that no one was injured in the incident, but the squad car was damaged beyond repair.
July 18, 2015 |
The body of a 27-year-old woman who appeared to have been beaten and strangled was found Thursday afternoon in her West Philadelphia apartment, police said. Jasmine Wright was in her third-floor unit in the 200 block of South 50th Street. Her father could not reach her by phone and asked an apartment attendant to check on her, said Homicide Capt. James Clark. Wright, who lived alone, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:35 p.m. She was a 2015 graduate of Drexel University's School of Public Health, a Drexel spokeswoman said Thursday night.