Cop in Pulitzer-Winning ‘Tainted Justice’ Series Gets Job Back

Jeffrey Cujdik has his job back.

Cujdik is one of the Philadelphia narcotics officers implicated in the Daily News’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Tainted Justice” series. No charges were brought against Cujdik or any of the cops written about in the series; the Inquirer wrote a scathing piece on the series. (Our own Joel Mathis wasn’t quite convinced.)

But Police Commissioner Charles Ramsay fired Cujdik in May despite prosecutors’ decision not to file charges. Now, an arbitrator has reinstated Cujdik, though he won’t return to narcotics and won’t get back pay. A 30-day suspension will remain on his record.

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Method to the Madness of Arresting Philly Jesus?

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As an attorney accuses the Philadelphia Police of “crucifying” the man known as Philly Jesus, further infuriating those who find the character’s whole act sacrilegious, there just might be some method to the madness behind arresting a guy dressed as the Son of God.

For a lesson in madness there is no better place to go than New York City, Times Square to be precise.

Have you been recently? It is a children’s fantasy nightmare straight out of a Fellini Film. People dressed like Elmo, Mickey and Minnie, Batman, Hello Kitty, Buzz and Woody stalk you and your children to take pictures. Sometimes there are as many as 80 of them and the costumes are just off enough, just dingy enough to make them a tad frightening. Imagine your childhood favorites recreated by Edvard Munch. And if you don’t tip them a few bucks, things can get out of hand fast.

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Meet Mike Whiter, Recipient of Philly’s First Marijuana Citation

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As of this morning, Philadelphia is the largest city in the country to decriminalize marijuana. You’ll now receive a $100 fine for smoking in public and a $25 for possession of up to 30 grams — but you will not be arrested. Pot advocate Mike Whiter called dibs on the first marijuana citation weeks ago, and today, he promptly lit up a joint in City Hall’s courtyard at 8 a.m. with police by his side. One quick puff and one handwritten ticket later, Whiter was the happiest man to pay a municipal fine I’ve ever seen.

On the eve of his marijuana citation, I sat down with Whiter to understand the motivation behind the ceremony, what led to him founding Pennsylvania Veterans for Medical Marijuana, and why he thinks marijuana can help millions with PTSD.

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The Real Deal: A Philly Police Officer Speaks Anonymously

real-deal-400x400In our new feature, The Real Deal, we’re talking to people in Philadelphia who will only speak to us with a clear agreement of anonymity. For the first installment, a veteran Philadelphia police officer talks about the Center City gay-bashing, stop-and-frisk, and his biggest problem with Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.

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Philly Cop Tayon Moore Charged With Stealing Drexel Student’s Phone

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Philadelphia police announced that Tayon Moore, 31, a 7-year veteran of the force serving in the 35th district, has been arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief and theft.

According to a statement released by the District Attorney’s office this afternoon:

On June 24, 2014, Officer Moore was driving his mother’s Chrysler 300 while off-duty and rear-ended a Drexel student at 34th and Chestnut. Officer Moore eventually pulled over at 30th and Chestnut. When the driver of the other car began to call 911, Officer Moore became agitated, grabbed the other driver’s cell phone and threw it over the bridge causing it to break. Officer Moore then left the scene of the accident without exchanging any information.

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ACLU Sues Police for Using Force to Stop Photos of Arrest

Two photos showing the encounter between Amanda Geraci and Philly police officers.

Two photos showing the encounter between Amanda Geraci and Philly police officers.

It’s been almost three years now since Commissioner Charles Ramsey issued a directive to Philly Police, letting them know that it’s entirely legal for the public to record officers doing their work and making arrests — as long as the photographer doesn’t interfere with that police work.

It seems his officers still haven’t gotten the message. The ACLU today announced another lawsuit — the fifth in a series — against the department on behalf of a woman who was physically restrained from recording officers arresting a protestor.
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Police Seek Information About Possible Homophobic Attack at 15th and Walnut Last Night

UPDATE, 9 p.m.: This evening I spoke with Caryn Kunkle, one of the first people to post on social media about the attack. She says she has been long-time friends with both victims. Although she was unwilling to provide their names, she did tell me that the men are 30 and 31 and described them as “tall, masculine-looking dudes.” Kunkle said the men were walking home when a group of approximately eight to ten young people bumped into them. After a very brief verbal confrontation where one of the attackers asked if the men were boyfriends, the group physically struck.

“It went from 0 to 100 miles per hour,” she said. “They were calling them ‘fucking faggots’ and everything.”

According to Kunkle, one of the victims fractured both his cheekbones and jawbone, and has a 2-inch laceration from his nose to inside his lip; he is scheduled to go into surgery Sunday morning.

Kunkle also said that the Special Victims Unit is involved and that they should be issuing a statement within the next several days.

ORIGINAL: According to posts on Facebook and Twitter earlier today, a gay couple were attacked by a gang of eight to 12 people at 15th and Walnut streets at approximately 11 p.m. Thursday night:

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