Category Archives: Philadelphia Police

Suspect well-known to police

Cop-shooting suspect’s prior arrests, in detail

BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer, 215-854-5934

Posted: August 16, 2013

ERIC TORRES, 31, was well-known to police long before he allegedly tried to kill Officer Edward Davies during a violent struggle Tuesday in a Feltonville corner store. Continue reading

The “Asshole” sentenced to death for murdering Philadelphia Police Officer Chuck Cassidy

Posted on Wed, Nov. 25, 2009

Officer Cassidy’s killer sentenced to die; defendant asks forgiveness, is rebuffed by widow

Philadelphia Daily News 215-854-5949

MOMENTS AFTER the jury forewoman announced yesterday that he would die for murdering a Philadelphia police officer, John “Jordan” Lewis – in a calm voice that competed with his mother’s sobs – asked his victim’s family to somehow forgive him. Continue reading

“He is nothing short of an assassin.” Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham

Ex-Panther says racism put him on death row

By Bill Mears
CNN Supreme Court Producer

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Mumia Abu-Jamal sits on Pennsylvania’s death row, perhaps the most recognized of the 228 condemned inmates at the Greene Correctional Facility, an hour south of Pittsburgh. Continue reading

“[S]ixth officer killed in the line of duty since October 2007.”Officer Pawlowski leaves behind a wife who is two-months-pregnant.”

City Stunned After Officer Killed

Saturday, February 14, 2009

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia mourns the sixth on-duty officer killed in the line of duty since October 2007. Officer John Pawlowski was apparently executed by man with a .357 Magnum in the city’s Logan section on Friday night. Continue reading

Gov. Ed Rendell signs bill at FOP Lodge No. 5

Rendell Signs Gun Bill: NewLaw Gives 20 YearsFor Targeting Officers

By Bradley Vasoli, The Bulletin / 10/20/2008 

Philadelphia – Gov. Ed Rendell, D, signed a bill Friday at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 imposing mandatory 20-year minimum sentences on offenders who fire on police officers. Continue reading

“Daniel Giddings was a worthless piece of trash whose exit from this world can only make it a better place.”

Christine M. Flowers: Patrick McDonald: It’s time to bury the excuses

By Christine M. Flowers
Philadelphia Daily News

WE SHOULD be used to this.

I’m not talking about the murder of heroes. Or the grieving loved ones, faces contorted in pain. The flag-draped coffins. Or the phalanx of blue sending brother and sister officers home with a final, heartbreaking salute. Continue reading

Third funeral this year for a Philadelphia officer slain in the line of duty.

Slain officer was ‘Philly through and through.’

Associated Press Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP, Sept. 30) – On many mornings when Officer Patrick McDonald got out of bed, he would head straight down to his elaborate basement gym, crank up Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” and hit the weights before heading out to patrol the city’s streets. Continue reading

Rendell calls for suspenion of paroles

PA Gov. Rendell asks DOC to suspend release of all offenders recommended for parole after 2nd Philadelphia Police Officer murdered by parolee within past four months


Last update: 6:41 p.m. EDT Sept. 29, 2008

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept 29, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Urges Legislature to Mandate 20-Year Sentence for Assaults on Officers with Firearms

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Governor Edward G. Rendell today called on the Department of Corrections to suspend the release of all offenders who have been recommended for parole pending the findings of a review by Dr. John Goldkamp, chair of Temple University’s Department of Criminal Justice. Continue reading

“How many judges have been killed this year on the streets of Philadelphia?” Philly Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey

Commissioner: ‘This Insanity Has To Stop’

PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) ― Officials in Philadelphia are declaring war on judges they say are allowing violent criminals to roam the streets and hurt and kill police officers. Continue reading

Philly Councilman Rizzo opines on I-95 patrols

Frank Rizzo on I-95 police patrols

By Thom Nickels

Contributing Editor / Weekly Press


It used to be that Philadelphia County was the only county in the state where the state police did not patrol the highways. Continue reading