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Officer Charged With Assault, Abuse of Office

Officer Charged With Assault, Abuse of Office

Officer Aleksande Shwarz is free on $5,000 bail.

Philadelphia Inquirer via YellowBrix

January 08, 2011

A 21-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department has been arrested on charges of lying to police about an arrest he made last March in which he claimed a man assaulted him.

Instead, police said Friday, Officer Aleksande Shwarz was the aggressor, and Shwarz himself has been charged with assault for his role in the arrest.

Shwarz, 54, has been suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said in a statement.

Shwarz, who was assigned to the Second District, was arrested Wednesday on charges of simple assault, unsworn falsification to authorities, and abuse of office. He was released on $5,000 bail after an arraignment hearing Wednesday night. He could not be reached for comment.

Rich Bobbe, an attorney representing the subject of Shwarz’s allegedly falsified report, said he and his client were pleased that a full investigation had been conducted by the Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau and the District Attorney’s Office.

“We look forward to justice fully being served,” Bobbe said.

Bobbe would not release the name of his client, but he is in his early 30s and has no criminal record. He was never formally charged in the arrest Shwarz made on March 4, and was cleared of any wrongdoing soon afterward.

The man works at a U-Haul agency on the 7700 block of Roosevelt Boulevard, where the arrest took place and where the incident was captured on multiple security cameras, Bobbe said.

A van was stolen from U-Haul last spring, and was later found and returned to the company. When employees realized the van was still listed on the police database of stolen vehicles, the man Shwarz later arrested called police and asked for help removing it from the list so the company could begin renting it out, Bobbe said.

Shwarz and his partner were dispatched to handle the matter and arrived at U-Haul shortly after 4 p.m. The man explained the situation, but there was a problem with the paperwork and Shwarz and the man got into a dispute.

It is unclear how the situation became hostile, but at some point the man asked for the name of Shwarz’s supervisor, Bobbe said, then went outside to write down the number of Shwarz’s cruiser. Shwarz followed, Bobbe said.

As the man began walking back to the office, Shwarz “lunged” at him in an apparent effort to take the paper from him, Bobbe said. When the man kept walking toward the door, Shwarz grabbed him, shoved him, and threw him to the ground, Bobbe said. The man was arrested on a charge of simple assault and taken away in handcuffs.

Shwarz later claimed the man was belligerent and swore at the officers, Bobbe said, and alleged he threw a shoulder into Shwarz’s torso to bodycheck him.

Bobbe obtained surveillance footage from the U-Haul site and brought it to the District Attorney’s Office. After reviewing the footage, the office declined to file charges in the case and referred the matter to Internal Affairs Bureau. The man was released after about 24 hours, Bobbe said.

In addition to the cameras, another employee and at least two customers witnessed the arrest, Bobbe said. Their interviews also contradicted Shwarz’s version of events.

Shwarz’s is the latest in a series of arrests of Philadelphia officers. Last year, 11 officers were arrested on charges ranging from rape to murder to drug dealing, prompting Ramsey to say that restoring the department’s integrity was a priority.

  • Larry_apache_dist_13_max50


    over 4 years ago


    It's a shame for both parties involved, you can't let your emotions get to you! This is one of those days you can't take back and now your career is on the line, for not!!!!

  • Bodysurfing_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Be curious to know if alcohol ALSO played a role in Shwarz' criminal decline.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Bump Retleo.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Another black eye for a deparment that has seen this all too much in the past year. It seems that with stress increasing and jobs decreasing the demand for officers in big cities such as Philadelphia is weighing too much.

  • John_groh_max50


    over 4 years ago


    BUMP Retleo on this one.

  • Ralphie_max50


    over 4 years ago



  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    A career thrown away and freedom in jepardy. This was just plain stupid.

  • Image_max50


    over 4 years ago


    It's really sad, the number of stories we're seeing these days about bad cops - abuses of power, theft, conspiracy to rob an armored car (yep, three officers arrested for that in Arkansas) ... I told a brother officer last week that after seeing some of the candidates applying to be an officer, I wondered if Burger King just wasn't hiring. They don't have that hunger in their eyes - that fire that says they'll do whatever it takes to earn the badge. It's really pathetic to see a man spend 21 years in this profession, then do something so completely stupid. He deserves what he gets .... I'll just never understand.

  • 0524001248_0001_0001_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Oh well, You know, In the academy we were told to look around the class room or look on the academy picture wall. The instructor would tell us, somebody we knew weather in the class or in the class picture would end up in jail for being corrupt. I didn't believe that at the time because I thought all Law Enforcement Officers were good (rookie way of thinking). But now I see corruption in the ranks everyday. God help us (ME) to up hold the standard and to always (no matter what) do the right and honourable things. I hate that there are Officer's who think they are above the law.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Too bad for this guy. He should have retired 10 days before the incident happened. Now, he gets to face the music .......

  • Pic-0246_max50


    over 4 years ago


    they'll probably give him the option to retire so he can keep his pension. all this stemming from clearing a rental truck off the hot file? what a waste

  • Snoopy_18_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Maybe he can get a job at a good cheese steak place.....

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Anger management.......waiter, waiter instead of officer, officer.

  • Jack_bauer_max50


    over 4 years ago


    How stupid, after 21 years this guy should have known.

  • Police_link_badge_max50


    over 4 years ago


    If true/covicted: It's to bad he held the prestigious job of a law enforcement official for 21 yrs !!

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