CBSPhilly reports that Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says he’s having problems filling out the ranks of his force — particularly with African-American men, who represent just 9 percent of officers. (At its high, the number was 16 percent.)
According to the Philadelphia Police Department, the marine unit recovered a body from the Schuylkill River Friday afternoon.
No identity has been released, though lieutenant John Stanford in the department’s public affairs office says the body of a white male was pulled from the river near the Walnut Street bridge.
On Wednesday, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office announced that it had charged Philadelphia police officer Edward Sawicki III with simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct, and making terroristic threats stemming from an October 2013 incident in South Philadelphia.
According to a statement by the DA’s office, Sawicki, who is 34, was off-duty at the time of the altercation. Sawicki lives in Northeast Philadelphia.
Sawicki turned himself into police on Wednesday.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has suspended Sawicki for 30 days and intends to fire him. Of course, we all know how complicated firing a Philadelphia police officer can be.
A man — who police say was high on PCP — attacked a SEPTA Transit Officer at the Fairmount Subway stop, Fox 29 reports.
The attack took place on SEPTA’s Broad Street Line, yesterday afternoon. The officer responded to a call about a deranged rider claiming to have a gun was threatening to shoot people. Septa cameras caught violent struggle as officer approached the man and this guy goes after the officer and he just won’t stop.
As soon as the officer had the guy on the ground the passengers converged and tried to help officer the as best they can but officer was overpowered.
Two additional SEPTA officers arriving as backup eventually subdued the man, who didn’t actually have a gun.
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Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said he will ask for a grand jury investigation into allegations a teen was injured by his officers during a stop-and-frisk stop; on Thursday, though, he said that evidence found that Darrin Manning had not suffered a ruptured testicle in the incident, as he alleged.
Whither the roundhouse? The Inquirer reports:“City Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell introduced two bills Thursday that would authorize the city to borrow as much as $250 million to convert the vacant Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building in her West Philadelphia district into a modern police hub. The 87-year-old landmark, at 46th and Market Streets, has been empty for a half-dozen years, and the move could be transformative not only for the Police Department but for the surrounding neighborhood. The new headquarters would allow police to vacate the aging and cramped administration building at Eighth and Race Streets – the legendary ’roundhouse.’”
6ABC reports Philadelphia Police will be on hand for Sunday’s Super Bowl in New Jersey: “The Philadelphia Police Department’s Counter-Terrorist Unit is a key part of the security plan for the Big Game. It is a plan that will include a total of 3,000 law-enforcement professionals. New Jersey State Police made sure to bring in Philadelphia’s Anti-Terror Unit because it is one of only a handful across the country with the technology, equipment, and training needed to secure an event of the Super Bowl’s magnitude.”
News emerged this week that a Philly teen suffered a ruptured testicle during a stop-and-frisk encounter with police. Mary Catherine Roper is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU of Pennsylvania, which has challenged the stop-and-frisk policies of the Philadelphia Police. She spoke with Philly Mag about where those efforts stand: