July 29, 2015 |
THE QUESTIONABLE death of Sandra Bland in a Texas jail cell - allegedly a suicide - has forced me to revisit the ugly realities I explained to my children in the aftermath of the Michael Brown case. They are realities rooted in the complex relationships between race and class, between right and wrong, between law and justice. Because the frightening truth is that laws are applied unevenly, and justice is too often in the eye of the beholder. Unfortunately, Sandra Bland's death has broadened the problem.
July 9, 2015 |
POLICE HAVE opened an Internal Affairs investigation into the violent beating of a man during a drug arrest in April, officials said Wednesday. A video posted to YouTube on Wednesday by Los Angeles-based blogger Jasmyne Cannick shows at least a dozen officers, some of whom repeatedly punch, kick and apparently tase a man lying facedown on Locust Avenue in East Germantown. Cannick told the Daily News that the man in the video is Tyree Carroll, 22, whose family reached out to her in an attempt to bring exposure to his case.
July 9, 2015 |
WELL, THIS is nuts. A Delaware County man has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the cops who arrested him for public drunkenness in 2012 were real ball busters because they tased his testicles while he was handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser. In the suit, Kiyean Brown, 30, of Glenolden, claims that the lasting effects of the tase to his testes are driving him nuts, but an attorney for one of the defendant officers says the claim is poppycock and that the officer tased Brown in his thigh, not his gonads.
July 1, 2015 |
SGT. DONNA Bachmayer didn't mince words yesterday when asked what her reaction was after learning that Brandon Ruff - whom she and other cops had a confrontation with outside the 35th Police District - was a police sergeant. "I said, 'Holy s---. You're one of us?" Bachmayer testified before a federal jury. "How could you do this?" she testified she told Ruff. "How could you do this to us? You are a piece of s---. You are a disgrace to this badge and this uniform I put on every day. " Bachmayer is one of six cops in the 35th District, at Broad and Champlost streets in Ogontz, who was sued by Ruff, who at the time of the Aug. 3, 2014, incident was a sergeant in Powelton's 16th Police District.
April 8, 2015 |
AFTER NEARLY TWO weeks of investigating, police have charged a North Philly man in the grisly murder of a woman in Frankford. Jeffrey Bowen, 30, was charged yesterday with murder, robbery, theft, abuse of a corpse and related offenses in the slaying of Kelly Hepft, 39, police said. Investigators found Hepft's body March 24 buried in a shallow grave behind a home on Frankford Avenue near Oxford Avenue, police said. She had been stabbed numerous times in her shoulder, head, neck and chest.
March 27, 2015 |
FRESH DIRT in a back yard is usually a sign of growth and life. But early Tuesday, on Frankford Avenue near Oxford in Frankford, fresh dirt was a sign of something much more sinister. And the man arrested in connection with that overturned earth has a past that he probably wanted to keep buried, too. A past that includes assaulting a police officer with a knife, among other crimes, police sources said last night. About 11:30 Tuesday morning, a resident on that block flagged down a beat cop in the area, police said.
March 26, 2015 |
A woman's body was found Tuesday morning buried behind a building on a busy stretch of Frankford Avenue and a man was being held in connection with the case, police said. At 11:38 a.m., an officer on foot patrol was flagged down in the 4700 block of Frankford Avenue in the city's Frankford section and was led to the body, police said. A man in the vicinity was taken into custody after a struggle, which included the man being subdued with a Taser, police said. The woman's cause of death was pending an autopsy, police said.
April 18, 2014 |
AN UPPER DARBY store owner Tased one of two teens who he believed were shoplifting Wednesday night - but the boys were innocent, according to police. Now, Dollar World owner You Yang, 42, finds himself incriminated by his own surveillance system, which shows the teen he Tased had his hands up and was trying to back away from Yang when he was struck. "There were no threats to this guy," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. "He made an assumption and his assumption was wrong, based on the facts.
April 13, 2014 |
TULLYTOWN The FBI has cleared Tullytown police of any wrongdoing for using a Taser on a handcuffed teenager who tried to run away after being arrested on shoplifting charges last year, the Police Department said this week. The incident, which occurred in November at a Walmart store, received widespread attention after an image of the 14-year-old boy's facial injuries was widely circulated on the Internet. The Bucks County District Attorney's Office and the FBI investigated the incident to review the department's use of force.