Philly Police Officer Shot

A police officer from the 19th District – located in West Philadelphia – was shot twice yesterday by a fine, upstanding citizen in the Overbrook section of the city.

Two 19th District officers responded to the 5700 block of Overbrook Avenue for a report of a person with a gun when the suspect opened fire, sources say. FOX 29’s Kelly Rule reports the suspect had a hammer and pickaxe. The two officers returned fire.

The officer was shot in the leg and suffered an injury to the back of the head that may have been a graze wound. The officer is conscious and in stable condition at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

We heard the radio call as I walked into the building. Good to see the officer will be okay.

Sources confirm the suspect was taken to Lankenau Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The shooting occurred three blocks from Saint Joseph’s University, my Alma mater. It’s always been a violent neighborhood, but the thugs usually avoided the university.

Cynthia “Cindy” Felicetti, 1969-2021

When I graduated from the police academy, I was sent to the 24th Police District, which was arguably the most violent, drug-filled district in the city. It was a war zone where shootings were the norm and homicides occurred daily.

I came the the 24th District during the summer vacation period, and since we were shorthanded. I was given a map, a car, and told to “have fun.” It was a harrowing experience, because I didn’t really know what I was doing, didn’t know the area, and didn’t know any of my fellow officers.

Then I met Cynthia “Cindy” Felicetti.

Cindy was pretty – as you can see above – funny, and one of the best police officers I have ever known. Cindy weighed about 100 pounds and was approximately 5’5″, but good lord could she fight. I saw her take down people twice her size one minute, then saw her comforting a victim the next minute. We worked the overnight shift, and when the radio slowed down, she and I would park our cars next to each other and talk, or in her case, catch a few winks.

Cindy was high-octane. She ran from job to job, never slacking, because she loved the job. So when she would pull into the Ruth Street parking lot, she would crash. It was always, “Make sure you wake me up,” as if I was going to leave her there…

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Posted With Little Comment

The police commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department sent out an email to all personnel commemorating the anniversary of Saint George Floyd’s death, which occurred on May 25, 2020.

So far, the commissioner has not sent out an email commemorating anniversaries of Philadelphia police officers killed in the line of duty. Nor do I expect to ever see one. For the record, the meat of the email is pasted below.

Today marks one-year since George Floyd’s death and I encourage you to take this time to think about the many changes that have occurred in society and law enforcement. For some of us, George Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020 seems like a long time ago, but for some, this still feels near.

Maybe to his family and those in Minneapolis, but how does this effect anyone in Philadelphia?

As police officers, we witnessed the tension, angst, and unrest that many members of our communities experienced as a result of George Floyd’s death.

Yes we did, and while the city was burning, the commissioner was hiding in her office.

While I obviously don’t condone the violent or destructive behavior that came out of the unrest, the outcries against state-sanctioned brutality and systemic injustice should not be ignored. They are very real.

The commissioner doesn’t condone the violent behavior; she just ordered officers to stand down while the thugs were setting fire to the city.

As law enforcement officers, our actions represent the government – and as an arm of the government, it is our duty to uphold the law and be impartial in its application. When we behave in a just and balanced way, our communities perceive that the government is fair and trustworthy…

I assume the commissioner’s idea of upholding the law is supporting the Soros-appointed DA’s decision to not charge anyone – ANYONE – who participated in last summer’s riots.

Danielle M. Outlaw
Police Commissioner

We all anxiously await another email celebrating the anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death.

True Detective Stories

While I cover the left-wing bias of the national media, the fact of the matter is the rot goes deep to the core of journalism. Sure, the New York Times, Washington Post and their colleagues are cheerleaders for the left, but local news outlets are equally terrible. Take Philadelphia’s NBC 10 news, for example.

At the Philadelphia Police Department, the motto is “Honor, Integrity, Service.” Those are the three words written on the Shield.

Apparently some wise guy at NBC 10 is not a fan of the PPD, because on Thursday night an altered graphic appeared on the 5 p.m. news, with the words “Coffee, Corruption, Donuts” appearing instead on the crest and looking like this:

NBC 10 frequently calls police stations and detective divisions for information on crime stories. I’m assuming their access after this stunt will be severely limited.

Without going too deep into the weeds, I can say from my experience at Eyewitness News that graphics are typically built by an art department, and then added to the chyron system, where producers then manually insert the pictures into the newscast. So there would normally be a couple of layers of proofing here, a few sets of eyeballs looking at the graphic to make sure its correct before going to air.

I can’t speak for NBC 10’s process, but in most cases you’d have a producer check the work, then the executive producer takes a look to triple check before approving the story within the rundown.

So only one of two scenarios can be true. NBC 10 is completely incompetent and never let a producer approve the chyron, or the production staff of NBC 10 dislikes the police. Personally, I believe the latter is the case. Hopefully, the 5,000-plus police officers in this city see this for what it is and start changing the channel.

Our Best And Brightest

An off-duty Philadelphia police officer has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault and DUI after he allegedly plowed his personal vehicle into the front of a residence.

An off-duty Philadelphia police officer is facing drunken-driving charges after his car careened out of control and crashed into a couple’s home, critically injuring a woman and killing one of her dogs.

Police say 27-year-old Gregory Campbell, an officer with the 14th district, was driving his silver 2014 Dodge Dart north on Caroline Road near the Northeast Philadelphia Airport at 8.20pm on Saturday when it went airborne and smashed into a home in the 2800 block of Comly Road.

The residence is a five minute drive from my house.

The sedan smashed through the property, leaving a 53-year-old woman pinned under the vehicle and unconscious. She was taken to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital in critical condition. The woman’s 45-year-old husband was injured on his right arm, hand, hip, leg and back. Two dogs were also struck, one of them fatally.

The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police building is a block away from there. It’s located in an industrial park, and while the place hosts classes, weddings, parties, etc., most cops go there for the bar. Some get hammered and decide to drive home. Some make it, some do not.

For the record, I’ve been there three times in 26 years; all for retirement parties of coworkers.

Campbell was also taken to the hospital for treatment of a laceration to the head. Officials say he is facing charges of aggravated assault, driving under the influence and related offenses. He was arraigned on Sunday and had his bail set at 10 per cent of $40,000.

When we first heard the call, the rumor was the woman was dead. Glad to see she’s still alive, and hopefully the family will put up concrete pillars in front of the house from now on. As for the cop, well, that’s his mess to clean.

Philly Police Shoot, Kill Man With Knife

Minneapolis, Nashville, Chicago all had their fair share of riots in 2020, and once again it appears there will be rioting in Philadelphia after two Philly police officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man.

A 27-year-old man armed with a knife was shot and killed by two officers in West Philadelphia. It happened on the 6100 block of Locust Street Monday when officers were called to the home on the block for a man with a weapon.

“They were immediately met with a male who was carrying a knife. Several times they asked the male to drop the knife. They ordered him to drop the knife and he continued to follow them around several vehicles that are over there,” Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp said.

For the record, I have seen the raw footage, which was captured by a resident on his cellphone. Walter Wallace was allegedly involved in a domestic disturbance, and when the officers arrived, he had the knife in his hand and was approaching officers. The officers drew their weapons, commanded Wallace to drop the knife, but Wallace refused. Wallace approached the officers, knife in hand, and the officers retreated multiple times. Still giving commands, Wallace refused to drop the knife, and as he got closer to the officers, he raised his knife hand. The officers fired multiple times, striking Wallace. Police transported Wallace to the hospital, where he eventually died.

We’re taught to observe the 21-foot rule. An attacker can usually rush and attack you before you can reach your weapon if the attacker is within 21 feet. The video shows Wallace well inside that distance.

The good news is our mayor and police commissioner gave the officers the benefit of the doubt…

“I came down here to listen. I don’t have answers for what happened today. But you know, I understand. I understand what you are feeling,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw told residents.

Commissioner Outlaw is very unpopular with the rank and file. She was in hiding during Philadelphia’s George Floyd riots, rarely leaves her office, and when she does, it is usually to pander to the anti-cop crowd. Trust me when I tell you, Outlaw expected these officers to be stabbed first before firing a shot.

Well the mayor surely supported the officers, right?

“My prayers are with the family and friends of Walter Wallace. I have watched the video of this tragic incident and it presents difficult questions that must be answered. I spoke tonight with Mr. Wallace’s family, and will continue to reach out to hear their concerns first-hand, and to answer their questions to the extent that I am able,” he said in a statement Monday night.

The only “difficult questions” which need to be answered are, “Why does this despicable mayor care more for a knife-wielding thug who tried to kill police officers than the officers themselves?”

Look, anyone who reads this blog knows I am not an apologist for police officers. Like every organization, there are bad people and good people. If I thought this was a bad shoot, I’d say so. I watched the raw video a few times now, and there is no doubt in my mind the officers’ actions were justified.

That said, the city will most likely see riots for the next few days (or weeks) and both these officers will be trashed by the mayor, commissioner, and our Soros-appointed D.A. It also wouldn’t surprise me if D.A. Larry Krasner tried to bring charges against the officers involved.

Detective John Druding, 1974-2020

Detective John Druding, my coworker and friend, has lost his years-long battle with colon cancer. John passed away on his birthday. He was only 46 years old.

People say this all the time when someone passes away, but in this case it’s true: John was a very good man. After a stint in the army, he joined the SEPTA Transit Police, and eventually moved to the Philadelphia Police Department. He was promoted to detective and after a stint in Southwest Philly, he came to our division. John spent a few years in my squad before moving to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) where he handled shootings.

Suffice to say, he was always busy.

He was also always quirky. John wore the same outfit to work every day. Literally every day. White shirt, tan khakis, red tie. He used to tell us it was easier than picking out clothes to wear every day. When John first got his cancer results, the division held John Druding Day, where everyone wore the Druding Uniform that day. John’s son wore the Druding Uniform at last night’s viewing.

John was also usually the smartest man in the room. John knew the directives, the phone numbers of obscure units, and obscure charges no one would have known were on the books.

John was funny, but it was mostly straight-faced humor. Occasionally when he would answer the phone, you could tell how the conversation was going. When he answered a question then immediately reply, “Sorry, no follow up questions” and hang up, you know the call was not going swimmingly. John became a division legend when he poked fun at a coworker by imitating him in the Muppets’ Swedish Chef voice. We still have the audio, and it’s still hilarious.

When John got sick, he let everyone in the division know, but that was the end of it. He never talked about the colon cancer, rarely talked about his chemotherapy, and certainly never felt sorry for himself. John just kept coming to work, every day, and doing the job. He did, however, joke about his colostomy bag – often to me. On bad days, we occasionally suggested he go home early, and he patently refused. John was determined to continue working, and refused to be cowed by the cancer.

While it’s difficult to accept John’s passing, it’s obviously much more difficult for his family. John’s wife is one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet, and they have a young daughter and son. At the viewing, they were both completely composed and mature beyond their years. John and Michelle raised them right. I cannot fathom how difficult this is for them. Even when you know it’s coming, you are never fully prepared.

John will be interred in Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

2020 has been the worst year of my life. In the span of six months, I lost my mother, my sergeant, and now John. I know they are all in a better place, but I do not understand the rationale of taking John home to God at the age of 46.

Rest in peace, John. We will all miss you terribly.

Philly Mayor To Cops: Drop Dead

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, along with members of city council, have decided to defund the police by diverting $33 million from the departmental budget. The story was reported in our local fish-wrap, so those clowns get no link here.

In response to civil unrest and calls for police reform, Philadelphia City Council is poised to approve a budget for the coming fiscal year that removes $33 million in proposed funding for the Police Department.

But $14 million of the funding would simply be diverted into a different part of the city budget, by moving crossing guards and public safety enforcement officers out of the Police Department. The remaining cut eliminates Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed $19 million increase to the police budget; Kenney agreed to make that change last week amid protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Here’s an honest, no b.s assessment of what this means for the department, and the city as a whole…

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Philly PD To Make Sweeping “Reforms”

The Philadelphia Police Department is scheduled to making sweeping (leftist) reforms in the wake of the George Floyd killing. In an email sent out by the police commissioner, they city is going to embrace corrupt, failed President Barack Obama’s anti-police measures and implement them, post haste.

“Today, Mayor Kenney announced several police reform measures, many of which will be implemented in the coming weeks and months. These measures are collaborative in nature, and are essential in strengthening police-community relations, improving as an organization, and augmenting the level of trust garnered from our communities.

The measures described below will greatly assist us in continuing to shift away from dated, archaic, and less-inclusive paradigms, and toward the type of policing model that will serve all communities equally, and enhance our legitimacy in the very communities we are entrusted to protect and serve.

Reform measures include, but are not limited to, acceptance of President Obama’s challenge for law enforcement agencies to review and update use of force policies; creation of a civilian oversight commission; increased transparency in the civilian complaint, investigation, and disciplinary process; creation of staff positions specifically dedicated to diversity and inclusion; establishment of an “early warning system” for tracking employee performance; and increased transparency within the collective bargaining system.”

One of the proposed policies deals with service weapons. Whenever an officer unholster his or her firearm, a Use of Force report will be completed. If the officer then points the firearm at someone, another Use of Force form will be completed. On top of that, the department will be issuing strict regulations for when an officer can draw his or her service weapon, and if the officer is in violation of the new guidelines, they will disciplined, or possibly fired/arrested.

I spent all eleven years in patrol on the overnight shift. Oftentimes I would have to respond to burglary/robbery calls alone, at least until backup arrived. I had my pistol out every time I checked a front or rear door, because that’s usually where the ambush happens.

Under this policy, I would have spent more time filling out forms than patrolling the streets. This directive is ridiculous, and it is going to get police officers killed. Not that the city would care.

The Andromeda Strain

Well, it took them two months, but Philadelphia’s most despicable fish wrap has finally realized there is a Wuhan virus problem inside the city’s police department. Welcome to the party, pal!

The first city employee claimed by the virus was a cop: James Walker, a lieutenant in the Traffic Division, a 59-year-old with a wife and two daughters. Walker’s wife said he was admitted to Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health on March 27. Nine days later, he died.

Walker’s death was a reminder that a police officer’s world is often claustrophobic. Cramped patrol cars, shared with a partner. Small, dilapidated district headquarters buildings, where dozens congregate. Narrow streets where they come face-to-face with any number of people every day.

Despite what you see in films and television, most big-city police vehicles are disgusting. Food left all over the place, spills and stains on the seats. You literally would not believe what they look like inside.

The city has not been willing to release the number of first responders who have contracted COVID-19, but a law enforcement official familiar with the issue [said] at least 800 members of the 6,500-strong police department have been “impacted” by the virus, which is to say that they’ve come in direct contact with someone who has the virus, or have traveled to a hot spot, such as New York City.

For the record, the 6,500 number is an outright lie. We haven’t had 6,500 members in this department since the 1990’s. So you’re looking at 800 officers in a roughly 5,000 member department. The percentages are much higher.

About 140 have tested positive, the official said. Thus far, Walker is the only police officer whose death has been attributed to the virus.

Police departments, specifically this one, are infamous for fudging numbers. For example, the homicide numbers in this city are always lower – usually much lower – than the actual figures. I’d expect the same with the Wuhan stats. There may not be 800 officers affected, but I can guarantee there a far more than that bogus 140 number.