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By Shealyn Kilroy
Philadelphia District Attorney:
Two former Philadelphia cops were scheduled for trial this week, according to the District Attorney’s office. Sean McKnight and Kevin Robinson are charged with aggravated assault, tampering with public records and other charges related to the beating of a man.
In May 2013, McKnight and Robinson pulled over Najee Rivera, 21, in Fairhill. In early 2015, Rivera’s girlfriend brought surveillance video to police that didn't line up with the officers’ accounts of the incident. In Rivera’s testimony, he acknowledged that he was driving his scooter the wrong way on North Sixth Street but didn’t know why the officers were pulling him over. Video shows the officers knocking Rivera off the scooter from the patrol car. The officers then got out of the police car and “threw elbows” at Rivera, striking his face on a brick wall. Rivera suffered broken eye-socket bone and stitches to numerous facial cuts.
After the incident, Rivera lost his job at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city, which the city agreed to settle for $200,000. Rivera died Dec. 20, 15 days after he was shot in a street fight at C and Somerset Streets in Kensington. The jury has not reached a verdict, and deliberations will continue Monday.
Williams Shields is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 5 for allegedly shooting his brother to death in Northeast Philly, according to the District Attorney’s office. Shields, 33, allegedly shot, James Stevens, 50, in the chest in Stevens' apartment on the 3100 block of Woodhaven Road. The two had gotten into an argument about Stevens yelling at the brothers’ mother, according to Action News.
|I suppose juror could not handle the truth,|
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania:
A Quakertown man was indicted on April 7 for allegedly defrauding Lehigh University fraternities and sororities of more than $2.4 million, according to the
|Cool shades Sullivan|
New Jersey Attorney General:
16 have been arrested in a child porn investigation called “Operation Safeguard,” according to the Attorney General’s office. All 15 of the identified adult men, and one unidentified male juvenile, are charged with possessing and/or distributing child pornography. A video of young children being raped was discovered in the investigation. Sparta School District bus driver Eugene Triston, 55, allegedly viewed child porn on breaks between bus runs. Senior IT officer for an insurance company in Jersey City, Shaun Dooley, allegedly stored 220 files of suspected child porn on his own computer. Each defendant could face a minimum of eight years in prison, if guilty of both possession and distribution charges.
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