June 1, 1995
A former police commissioner, shortly after his appointment, was asked what he considered to be the major problem confronting him. He didn't pause for a second. "Corruption," he replied. He wasn't saying corruption is particularly widespread in the Philadelphia Police Department; there's no reason to believe it is. What he meant (and other knowledgeable observers agree) was that the temptations confronting police officers day in and day out are too much for a few to resist.
November 29, 1996 |
Several years ago, Philadelphia Highway Patrol Officer Allen L. Wilson raced to the scene of a reported burglary, arriving in time to prevent a drug-related homicide, federal authorities say. Mission accomplished, Wilson and an unnamed partner then took $11,000 in drug profits from the intended victim, a man named Butchy, and, instead of turning in the cash to the department, they kept it Wilson, 40, a cop for 17 years who admitted stealing more...
December 30, 2010
A newly released report detailing city police arbitration cases sheds new light on an old problem: getting rid of the bad apples on the force. A review of 46 cases over the last decade reveals an ineffective disciplinary system that seems to favor bad conduct. Officers dismissed for serious violations often get reinstated by arbitrators with back pay. The decisions were made outside of public scrutiny, and the outcomes probably would have remained secret. But a Common Pleas Court judge rightfully ruled in favor of the Daily News, which waged an 18-month legal battle to obtain police grievance arbitration decisions.
March 10, 1992 |
Raphael Perez had a feeling that the Colombians - the ones he owed $12,000 in a dope deal - would be trouble. But not like this. Not kidnap his 2-year-old son, his girlfriend, and another relative and her 2-year-old daughter. Not hold them hostage in a Bucks County hotel room and demand $30,000 for their lives. Perez went to the cops for help. That's when he learned his problems had gone far deeper than disgruntled Colombian dope peddlers. His problems, according to detectives, appeared to involve one and possibly two rogue state troopers working in Philadelphia as undercover narcotics investigators.
February 23, 1996
It's not a bad idea, Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham's notion of a special unit to investigate rogue cops, though city residents must wonder why such a unit doesn't already exist. To her credit, Ms. Abraham has said pungently what other high city officials seem loath to concede: "The corruption investigation has rocked . . . the whole Police Department up to the commissioner. You cannot just sit back and continue with your old procedures. "You have to do something.
September 18, 1995
Nobody ever said it was going to be cheap, having rogue Philadelphia cops bully, rob and frame the citizens they're charged with protecting. What, after all, is the right price tag for being tossed in jail for three years on trumped-up charges? How about the theft of your nest egg during a bogus drug raid? Or having a gun put to your head in an abandoned rowhouse? Civil suits stemming from the 39th District police scandal will seek to define those numbers on behalf of the people who were wronged by dishonest cops.
January 16, 2002
Better late than never for the Philadelphia Police Department to come down hard on two high-ranking officers who covered up a drinking-and-driving mishap in 1998. At least one officer's resignation in the face of likely criminal charges addresses the core issue: How could these guys have kept their badges? Any motorist knows what Police Department investigators are saying only now - that criminal charges should be filed against the two captains, James J. Brady, whose resignation was reported yesterday, and Joseph J. DiLacqua.
March 30, 1991 |
Two points about the case of the police in Los Angeles. And, two, in spite of the very real problem of violent cops, the urgent crisis in the inner cities is street crime, not police brutality. But first things first. The attack on King was not one of those tough split-second decisions police have to make to protect their lives in crime- ridden neighborhoods. This was not a case in which suspect makes sudden move, cop reaches for gun, bang-bang, dead suspect had no gun after all. This was a case of a suspect lying down, helpless and being beaten senseless for no rational reason.
August 1, 2014 |
Stories of shakedowns, brutality, kidnapping, and theft have dogged a group of the city's Narcotics Field Unit officers for nearly a decade. But despite multiple investigations, cases against them never stuck. Federal prosecutors set out to change that Wednesday, laying out a sprawling racketeering case against six of the unit's former members. The charges paint them as rogue cops running roughshod over the rights of their targets, confident that few would believe anyone who dared complain.
December 6, 1995 |
The Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP is set to sue the city next week in federal court in the wake of admitted police abuses and civil rights violations in the scandal-plagued 39th Police District in North Philadelphia. The class-action suit, which is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Police-Barrio Relations Project, is an attempt "to change the way the Police Department operates," said attorney David Rudovsky, one of the lawyers who will litigate the case.