264 Charged With Marijuana Possession Since City Council Voted to Decriminalize

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On June 19th, Philadelphia City Council voted to decriminalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, passing a bill introduced by Councilman Jim Kenney. But Mayor Michael Nutter opposes the bill, and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has said that he will continue to make marijuana arrests, even if the bill is signed into law. In the month following the bill’s passing, 264 citizens were charged with the crime.

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Ex-Philly Cop to Stand Trial in Bizarre Imprisonment Case

Former Philadelphia Police Officer Kevin Corcoran has been ordered to stand trial on charges of false imprisonment, stemming from an incident in Center City in March.

The bizarre tale began, appropriately enough, outside the food market that’s also known as the “Cop Shop.” Roderick King was walking with three friends around 2 a.m. near 13th and Lombard when he says Corcoran almost hit them with his car after making an illegal turn. One of his friends yelled something.

That’s probably where the story should have ended, and King and his friends would have forgotten it by now. Instead, King and another friend testified, Corcoran got out of his car and started getting aggressive. When King began filming the altercation, he says Corcoran cuffed him, threw him in an SUV and took him to a dark alley. He says he wasn’t told he was under arrest.

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Phone-Sex Police Officer Now Blogging, Selling Lingerie

cutie-off-duty-400x400One of the oddest quirks of social media is the number of police officers it’s made more famous. You can read the tweets of Philadelphia Police Detective Joseph Murray or SEPTA transit police chief Thomas Nestel or even track the latest crime in in Upper Darby. And now we have a Philadelphia police officer who’s blogging about sex and selling lingerie on the side. Neat!

Back in February, the Daily News reported on a Philadelphia police officer who had also been a phone sex operator. The brass didn’t like her side job, but Police Chief Charles Ramsay said she didn’t break any rules. She eventually quit the gig.

Officer Terra Barrow, who works in the civil affairs department, is now in her spare time the Cutie Off Duty. (That’s pretty good. The slogan — “Never a rest from being the best!” — is a more cringeworthy pun.) She operates a lingerie reselling site and blogs at The Cutie Chronicles.

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Philadelphia Police Officer Arrested Over Fights With Children

philadelphia-police-officer-arrested-tamika-grossOn Tuesday afternoon, Philadelphia Police announced the arrest of 35-year-old police officer Tamika Gross, the result of an investigation by the District Attorney’s office and the Internal Affairs Bureau.

According to a statement by the DA’s office, Gross “accompanied, encouraged, and participated in” fights between her teenage kids and other children.

From that statement:

The first of these fights took place on January 25, 2012, when Gross walked with her 18-year-old son to the 900 block of Marcella Street. Gross then demanded that her son and a 16-year-old boy who lived on the block fight.

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Ramsey’s Choice: Criminalizing African Americans

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Commissioner Charles Ramsey has made a decision: He will keep enforcing the state’s drug laws, keep arresting suspects for simple possession of small amounts of marijuana, and it doesn’t matter what Jim Kenney and a veto-proof majority of the Philadelphia City Council have to say about the matter.

“We still have to treat it as a misdemeanor until we are told otherwise by state law,” he told the Inquirer on Friday. “State law trumps city ordinances.”

That doesn’t sound entirely unreasonable, even if it does raise the question of who the hell pays Ramsey’s salary. But it does mean that Ramsey is making a choice, for which he — and Mayor Nutter, if he chooses to back Ramsey up — will bear substantial moral responsibility.

Ramsey is deciding that African Americans in Philadelphia will continue to be disproportionately treated as criminals.

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Ex-Philly Cop Sues City, Police: I Was Stopped and Frisked Because I’m Black

A former Philadelphia police officer has sued the city and the police department. In his federal civil rights lawsuit, 51-year-old Herbert Spellman says he was stopped and frisked because he’s black. The alleged incident happened in West Oak Lane last Sept. 10th.

The lawsuit, filed by attorney Paul Messing, says the City of Philadelphia of “has, with deliberate indifference, failed to properly train, supervise and discipline PPD officers with respect to constitutional standards and limitations in conducting stops, frisks, searches, detentions and the use of unreasonable force under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.”

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Here Are Mugshots of the Adults Who Allegedly Let a 6-Year-Old Go to School With Heroin

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Christopher Troy-Jenkins White and Marie Hunter

Christopher Troy-Jenkins White and Marie Hunter are the two adults alleged to have been in charge of the 6 -year-old who took heroin with her to Barry Elementary School on Tuesday.

Police say 19 students of the 20-student class were evaluated at CHOP for exposure to the drug; the girl herself ultimately turned out to be in possession of 11 bags of heroin. White 28, and Hunter, 32 — both of the 4200 block of Viola Street, where the girl lives — are both charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Narcotics Possession.

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