Ex-Flyer: Local Cops “Take Care” of Flyers Players

Todd Fedoruk spent his first four seasons of his NHL career with the Philadelphia Flyers. He was in his early 20s. Like many young, newly rich professional athletes, he partied. Later in his career, he had problems with drugs. Fedoruk is retired now.

In an interview with Canada’s TSN, he opened up about his out-of-control drug abuse. He’s trying to encourage players struggling with the same problem to get help.

He also claimed that, occasionally, police in the area look the other way. Read more »

WATCH: Charles Ramsey Gets Hair Cut, Gets Frank About #BlackLivesMatter, Gun Violence, Ex-Cons’ Rights

Screenshot | Facebook video

Screenshot | Facebook video

Phila. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey bluntly gave his take on the Black Lives Matter movement while getting his ears lowered last week.

The barber-side chat was part of a monthly web chat series hosted by the commissioner.

“That movement has the potential of being the most significant civil rights movement since the 60s,” Commissioner Ramsey told a group of reporters and patrons huddled around his barber chair while getting a shape-up.

When Philly Mag asked him what he would like to see out of the movement specifically, Ramsey said a broader conversation.

“I want them to expand their focus, not to stop holding police accountable,” Ramsey said in a phone interview. “I want them to address the disproportionate amount of violence in our communities.” Read more »

Starbucks: We Apologized to Cop Who Was Refused Bathroom Access



Starbucks has issued an apology to a police officer involved in a bizarre incident that has since become a viral sensation on Facebook.

Here’s a recap: A police officer posted a long rant complaining that a “young blonde liberal” barista at the 13th and Chestnut location refused to provide him with the bathroom security code, claiming that restrooms are for customers only. He even equated it to growing anti-police sentiment in the country, saying: “It’s hip for this generation to berate and totally disrespect cops in front of the public and praise cop killers as the heroes of their time.” Check out our story from yesterday for plenty more detail. Read more »

Starbucks Barista Refusing Bathroom to Cop Shows Corporations Don’t Let Employees Think for Themselves

Starbucks policeA Philadelphia police officer claims he was denied access to a bathroom at the Starbucks at 13th and Chestnut Streets in Center City — and he’s not happy about it.

According to a Facebook post that has since gone viral, the officer says that a “young blonde liberal” refused to give him the bathroom key code. After being told the bathroom is just for paying customers, he asked again, only to be refused again. He then went on to say that “it’s hip for this generation to berate and totally disrespect cops in front of the public and praise cop killers as the heroes of their time.” Here’s the full post: Read more »

Is There a Middle Way on Cop Anonymity?


Let me confess to a failing: When John McNesby speaks, I almost always decide to take the opposite position. It’s a knee-jerk instinct, and it’s probably not one of my better characteristics. My reasoning? If you can find a dirty cop in Philadelphia, McNesby — president of Philly’s police union — is probably nearby, defending that cop and blaming the media. Yes, it’s his job, but his shtick sure seems old and counterproductive in an era that is (rightly) demanding more accountability and transparency from police.

Most of the time, I think he’s bad for Philadelphia.

So when McNesby came out Wednesday in favor of a bill that would require police departments to withhold the names of cops involved in shooting incidents — the Philly Police policy is to name names within 72 hours — I was inclined to dismiss him outright, for three big reasons: Read more »

Black Lives Matter Activists Drown Out Charles Ramsey

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. AP | Matt Rourke

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey | Photo by AP/Matt Rourke

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey was speaking at an event at the Eastern State Penitentiary on Tuesday night, when Black Lives Matter activists disrupted him, making it impossible for him to continue.

“Black Lives Matter!” they shouted. “No racist police!”

Organizers told KYW that they were protesting over the death of Brandon Tate-Brown, who was shot by police during a traffic stop in December. Read more »

FBI, Police Seek Bank Robbery Suspect


The man in the picture above is being sought for a Wednesday afternoon robbery at a Citizens Bank branch in South Philadelphia.

Police say the robbery took place at 1:04 p.m. Wednesday at the bank branch located at 2540 South 24th Street. He handed a note to a teller, received an undisclosed amount of cash, and fled. Read more »

Off-Duty Police Sergeant Dies in One-Vehicle Accident


An off-duty Philadelphia Police sergeant died after a single-vehicle wreck late Saturday night.

Police say Rafael Ali, 32, was driving southbound on the 6000 block of Henry Avenue when his truck mounted the center median and struck a large tree. Emergency crews extricated him from the wreck. Ali was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:20 a.m. Sunday. Read more »

Suspect Sought in Old City TD Bank Robbery

Photo | Philadelphia Police Department

Photo | Philadelphia Police Department

Philadelphia Police and the FBI are seeking a man who allegedly robbed the TD Bank branch on the 300 block of Market Street in Old City.

Around 1:40 pm Thursday, the man — 6 feet tall, black, wearing a grey sweatshirt and white True Religion baseball cap, and sporting a mustache and goatee — handed the TD teller a demand note and then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police. The “Wanted” poster can be seen here. Read more »

WATCH: Suspects Sought in North Philly Carjacking, Robbery

Two suspects are wanted by the East Detective Division for a robbery and carjacking that occurred in the Hartranft section of North Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Police report that on August 13th, two black male suspects stopped a man around 11:20 am as he arrived at his business in the 2800 block of North 9th Street. Police say the 29-year-old man was approached in his 2005 Acura TL by the suspects, one of whom was carrying a handgun. Read more »

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