Daniel Faulkner Mural Dedicated at Emotional Ceremony

Faulkner mura. Photo by Dan McQuade

Photo | Dan McQuade

A mural memorializing Daniel Faulkner, the police officer shot to death at 13th and Locust in 1981, was unveiled today on the 6th Police District headquarters in Chinatown. Scores of people, mostly police officers, gathered at 11th and Winter streets for the mural’s dedication.

The mural was done by Jon Laidacker, a 2007 PAFA grad. It was conceived just a few months ago by Police Sgt. Mark Palma, who went to Fraternal Order of Police head John McNesby and the Mural Arts Program with the idea. “Murals are one way of lifting up our heroes,” MAP head Jane Golden said.

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Death Warrant Signed for Rapper Who Killed Philadelphia Police Officer

Office Lauretha Vaird's funeral, January 11, 1996. AP file photo/Nanine Hartzenbusch

Officer Lauretha Vaird’s funeral, January 11, 1996. AP file photo/Nanine Hartzenbusch

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has signed an execution warrant for the man convicted of Philadelphia police officer Lauretha Vaird’s murder.

Christopher Roney, who was convicted of killing Vaird during a January 1996 bank robbery in Feltonville on Rising Sun Avenue, is scheduled to be executed on January 8th of next year. Vaird, who was wearing a bulletproof vest without its protective panels, was killed by a single shot to the abdomen; she was the first female officer killed in the line of duty.

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Philly Police, Activists Prepare for Ferguson Reaction

Matt Rourke/AP

Matt Rourke/AP

Over the summer, the nation’s attention focused on Ferguson, Missouri, for several weeks as protesters clashed with cops in the aftermath of the shooting of an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, by a police officer. Now officials in Missouri are bracing for the results of a grand jury — whether the officer will be indicted for the shooting — and police departments nationwide are preparing for possible protests in their own cities.

Philadelphia is no exception.
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Riding With Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey

Photograph by Christopher Leaman

Photograph by Christopher Leaman

Time: 3 p.m. Day: Monday. Location: PPD Car 1.

A conversation with Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey can take unpredictable turns, like the hard right his driver hangs at high speed onto Hunting Park Avenue as Ramsey’s thumb jams an ear-splitting siren. We’re en route to a double shooting in the city’s Logan neighborhood.

“Well, you got a little bit more than you bargained for,” Ramsey tells me a few frantic blocks later. Behind him, yellow police tape cordons off a crime scene just outside Albert Einstein Medical Center where a 15-year-old girl — a bystander — was shot and killed minutes earlier. “Now you know,” he says, “this shit can turn on a dime.”
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Report: Philly Paid Out $40 Million for Police Misconduct

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MuckRock, an investigative website that specializes in open-records requests, says Philadelphia has paid more than $40 million to settle nearly 600 police misconduct suits since 2009.

Sound like a lot? The folks at MuckRock think so.

“The numbers dwarf comparable statistics in other major cities for which MuckRock obtained the same data,” MuckRock reported. “For example, the cities of Indianapolis, San Francisco, San Jose, and Austin settled or lost a combined 122 police misconduct cases — compared to 586 cases in Philadelphia.”

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Police Cars Crash in Center City

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[Update 1:00 p.m.] A spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police Department offered this brief account to media in a written statement:

Today, Monday, October 13th at approximately 8:58 AM Unit 1(make and model not available at this time) while travelling Southbound on 21st Street at Spruce struck a police vehicle who was responding to a priority assignment on the passenger side. The police vehicle then struck a police vehicle which was parked and unoccupied.

Unit 1 driver and passenger were transported to the hospital for complaint of pain. The officer was transported to the hospital for scrapes and complaint of pain.

There is no further information available at this time.

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Police Post Pics of Alleged Prostitution Johns to Facebook

This seems pretty self-explanatory: Try to buy sex from a hooker in Philadelphia, and your mugshot might end up on the police department’s Facebook page:

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