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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.


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    Dutch5187

    over 3 years ago

    12 Comments

    Probably still get his pension.

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    woofaz

    over 3 years ago

    108 Comments

    What a idiot! Can you say " Welcome to Mcdonalds may I take your order? "

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    patchboy

    over 3 years ago

    190 Comments

    Texas2step22, You better re-read the story. The man was held for 24 hours and then released.

    "you stole YEARS from an innocent man......"

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    PGPD911

    over 3 years ago

    6672 Comments

    Instant replay, can't throw a challenge flag there... busted and broke, what a shame.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    this officer was clearly burnt out and a embarasment to his department. texas2step22 trying to figure out were the stole years from a innocent man came from.

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    beeguy

    over 3 years ago

    468 Comments

    We can't fault the Philly department. They are working hard now to clean out the problems while continuing to fight the "other" criminal element. With the leadership they now have the department will again have their pride back. To the hard working good guys on the department, hold your heads high, be proud and don't be afraid to block an officer from committing practices like this, it's the law.

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    petecoolcattt

    over 3 years ago

    652 Comments

    OOOps... 21 years and thrown all away cause of a loss of temper?????? ouch..... we all have bad days but.....

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    mcdonalds here he comes

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    uncledennis1

    over 3 years ago

    23296 Comments

    The two big thumps in the morning are Commissioner Ramsey's nads hitting the floor. He is attempting to clean this department. I am pleased to see a wrong was righted.

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    UMPDAux

    over 3 years ago

    144 Comments

    How did they not see this coming? Just look at the guy's left eye...

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    Retleo

    over 3 years ago

    5524 Comments

    Way to toss the career in the garbage! Sounds like somebody has serious anger management issues. REMEMBER, there are cameras EVERYWHERE these days. Many times they are an asset to LEOs in that they prove that people are lying about police actions, in other cases (like this one) they show that the LEO was lying. Shame of this LEO for his actions and his false reporting of the incident. Looks like he definitely needs to go!

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    AKangel

    over 3 years ago

    4972 Comments

    Amen! and Bump tactman702!
    Shame that good LEO's will now tread this dirty water....
    Just another reason for the Public to not Trust Law Enforcement, very sad....

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    tactman702

    over 3 years ago

    318 Comments

    Bad Cop, NOOOO dounut! Sounds like Philly is walking in the shadows of the early days of News Orleans after reading this. If the allegations are true, then its another black eye for "all" LEO's. With that, his ass should be fired, and his partner reprimanded for not doing something. When the public sees this, then we are "all" labeled as gun toting abusers and any remaining respect for the profession goes out the window. As a former IA sergeant, one thing I couldn't stand was a cop who was a liar or falsified / covered-up things. Shame on you Aleksande Shwarz and thanks for adding to the already ruined reputation of all those hard working LEO's who "actually" do the right thing and play by the rules!

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    Monster24

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    Please let me not forget Officer John Palowski PPD, the nephew of dear freinds of mine, who also had his life snuffed out pre-maturely.

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    Monster24

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    I had the misfortune of being invovled in an incident involing this officer several years ago. For the record, I gave a deposition in the case. He was an irrational "loose canon." Had we had cameras at our facility he may not have gotten this far. A "man of the law" who thought that he was "above the law." For my many good friends that are law enforcement officers, good riddance to this guy, he makes up-standing officers as they look bad and is part of the reason that the good PHILLY cops are being used for target practice. May Gary Skerski, Chuck Cassidy, Stephen Luzbinski, Isabel Nazarrio, Patrick McDonald & Timothy Simpson, the good guys, Rest in Peace.

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