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The city has settled a lawsuit with a Philadelphia Police detective who claims his superiors retaliated against him for blowing the whistle on civil rights violations within the department.
Detective Matthew Maurizio filed the suit in spring 2014, claiming he had been punished because he told his superiors about the practice of “icing” — holding arrestees in jail without the probable cause or charges required to do so, in violation of their rights.
The practice is used to shake loose information from the arrestees, Maurizio said in his suit. (See the complaint below.)
“Icing is to induce the held person to speak, to make the person provide a statement about matters the police are criminally investigating, to coerce the held person to speak when the person did not wish to speak to police or would not fully speak with police,” Maurizio’s lawyer, Brian Puricelli, wrote in the lawsuit.
The department, in a written statement to Philly Mag, denied the icing allegations. Read more »
Philadelphia Police have arrested a 52-year-old Cheltenham resident in connection with an incident in the overnight hours of Sunday where a routine traffic stop turned into a high-speed chase that had the officer who made the stop hanging on for dear life at the outset.
According to the police report, two officers on overnight patrol stopped a silver Infiniti driving without headlights near 60th Street and Lancaster Avenue. When the officer on the driver’s side of the car approached, the driver allegedly ducked over to the passenger side, then got up again in the driver’s seat without license or vehicle registration. When the officer requested his license and paperwork, he said he noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from both the driver and the inside of the car. Read more »
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Philadelphia Police are seeking a middle-aged man they say shot at a younger man early Tuesday in Frankford. Read more »
Larry Cooper isn’t just an innocent man — the Philadelphia man is a Good Samaritan. That, at least, is what a federal appeals court says. But that wasn’t enough to keep him out of jail.
According to court records: When Cooper left Jefferson University Hospital one day in April 2012 — his wife had just undergone surgery — he was approached by a stranger asking directions. While he was helping, two men came up and robbed the stranger. Cooper tried chasing the robbers down — and when that failed, gave his cell phone to the victim to call police.
The victim told police that Cooper was one of the robbers. The police then arrested Cooper, despite his denials of being involved in the crime. Unable to post bail, he spent 77 days in jail before going free. Read more »
Police Officer Jesse Hartnett was released from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center on Friday, two weeks after being shot while on patrol in West Philadelphia.
NBC10 reports that Hartnett underwent three surgeries to repair damage to his left arm after, according to police, 30-year-old Edward Archer fired three shots into it and another 10 into his patrol car at point-blank range in an assassination attempt. Although Hartnett is in stable condition, officials say he will have to return to the hospital for further operations. Read more »
The Philadelphia Police Department has added a stellar GIF to its 2–year–old #NoSavesies campaign — warning Philadelphians not to block off their freshly shoveled parking spots with various objects in the aftermath of snowstorms.
Who did they turn to this time? None other than Drake. Read more »
A construction worker died last night after falling off Pier 78 (left) in South Philadelphia, officials said. | Photo via Wikimapia
[Updated 2:30 p.m.] A construction worker died on the job Thursday night when he fell into the Delaware River off a pier in South Philadelphia, officials said.
According to a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Police Department, police were called to Pier 78 last night around 8:30 p.m. when a co-worker returned from a break and spotted the man’s hard hat and goggles floating in the Delaware River. Read more »
More than $20,000 has already been raised for the “recovery fund” being collected for a Philadelphia Police officer who was shot three times in a West Philadelphia ambush last week.
Nearly 500 people have contributed $22,545 in the two days since “Jesse Hartnett’s recovery fund” was set up at GoFundMe.com. Read more »
On Saturday night around 10:42 p.m., chaos broke out inside Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, the hospital where Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett is recovering after being shot inside his patrol car on Thursday night. Police say this incident is unrelated to that shooting. Read more »
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Police say they’ve made an arrest in a West Philly homicide that occurred right before the New Year.
Malcolm William, 39, surrendered to police on Wednesday and charged with murder, violations of the Uniform Firearms Act, and related offenses. Investigators say he has a long history of run-ins with the law for drug and gun offenses. Read more »