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Video Captures Territorial Pennsylvania Officers Brawl

Video Captures Territorial Pennsylvania Officers Brawl

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Pocono Record via YellowBrix

March 25, 2011

COLWYN, PA — In a bizarre territorial dispute, police officers from neighboring towns outside Philadelphia began brawling while a woman lay injured on the ground nearby, myFOXphilly.com revealed Thursday.

Newly released video of the fracas shows officers from the Colwyn and Darby boroughs of Delaware County arguing over which police force should have responded to the incident.

The confrontation happened last Friday when an officer from Colwyn arrested a man on the street who allegedly punched a woman in the face. The cop had crossed from Colywn into Darby to respond to the incident.

Officers from both boroughs — including Darby’s police chief — soon arrived on the scene. The chief began arguing with the Colwyn officer, who was sitting in his patrol car.

On the video, other Darby officers can be heard trying to calm the chief down. But the argument escalates.

The chief shouts, “Get out of Darby,” as the Colwyn officer gets out of his patrol car and then has to be restrained.

Meanwhile, the victim lays on the ground as emergency crews work on her.

Former Darby Mayor Paula Brown told myFOXphilly.com that the Darby police chief had created a territorial atmosphere in Delaware County.

“Many times, he has restricted Darby officers from going to Colwyn and restricted Colwyn officers from coming into Darby. He has manipulated the department,” she said.

“It makes us look like the laughing stock of the county.”



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  • Surfer_dog_max50

    mr_clean

    almost 3 years ago

    10 Comments

    This is exactly what the Criminal Underground likes to see "Staff splitting". Know your breaking point & learn to use Self Control........remember the Academy??

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    batman21

    almost 3 years ago

    32 Comments

    Wow! Out here we (SO) respond to city, state, neighboring county, and even border patrol calls and EVERYONE appreciates it. We are all on the SAME DAMN TEAM these officers need to grow the hell up and remember that!

  • Shield_max50

    janus41

    about 3 years ago

    378 Comments

    Apparently, these leo's forgot that we're on the same team. Where I work, the county leo's conduct motor vehicle stops while we're going to high priority jobs. We joke around with the guys, but we NEVER fought each other in public. This is appauling and shows a lack of respect for one another. There are two ways to resolve this disaster (1) doing an octagon match or (2) quit. If we cant respect each other then we cant work together!

  • 04-01-2011_09_15_24pm_max50

    topwater

    about 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    This is the type of publicity that hurts all of us, those who currently serve as well as those of us who are retired. We become painted with the same brush as those who embarrass our hard earned reputations. When we act in a professional manner, and do a good job maybe those who we help will tell others of our good deeds. Conversely, when we act unprofessionally we can be assured that the unethical behavior will be reported to all. We need to act as if those we love and respect the most are watching. All of our badges were tarnished with this incident.

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    slewis524

    about 3 years ago

    48 Comments

    WOW!!!!! I know working for a Sheriff's Dept that we always joke around with our city officers about where a call took place "that's in the City, No that's in the County.", but we are just joking. We have never been physical with each other and I can't ever see it going that far!!!!!!!! We know that we are all on the same team and at the end of the day it doesn't matter who got the arrest or who does the papework....as long as we all go home safe. These officers should be terminated.

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    southpawhawg

    about 3 years ago

    14 Comments

    Insecure leadership... turn in your badge Chief! You have had it, completely unacceptable!!!

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    Halefo5

    about 3 years ago

    166 Comments

    I would call for the Mayor of Darby to remove this Police Chief from command. He sets a bad president for the police officers who are working there. If they ever needed additional assistance to quail an incident beyond their control I would think twice if I was the Colwyn When I was on the job we assisted in the adjoining precinct or took action in an adjoining precinct detaining the criminal until the responding sector arrived and was given the arrest because the crime occurred in their command.

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    BarbMarch58

    about 3 years ago

    114 Comments

    I have two comments:

    1. I am NOT a LEO, but I'm a consultant to LE Agencies nationwide. Luckily, this is a problem I've only encountered a few times - but in MY experience (I can only comment from that perspective) it usually is brought upon by one or two people; it's often long-standing; when the parties are interviewed NO ONE CAN EVEN remember what brought upon the turf battle - in 2 situations I was asked to review, the battles were actually in their 2nd generation, meaning that the folks who first started the inappropriate behavior had long-retired BUT the current officers continued the battle because "they knew there had to be a reason to hate the PD of _______ City;' and UNLESS A MAYOR OR TOWHSNIP COUNCIL is willing to step up to the plate and TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES these problems are not easily resolved. NOW, my training prior to law school is in Law Enforcement so I know about the egos that are REQUIRED to do what you heroes do. But a mix of a little too much ego with a little too much testosterone COMBINED with 24/7 access to a gun is simply unsafe for any city. In this particular case, given the additional information from our PL friends from the area, if I'd been called in on a case like this one, I would probably have wound up highly suggesting that the Police Chief with the anger management issue be allowed to step down thus attempting to maintain his dignity and further suggest that a new Chief be brought in from at least 200 miles away.

    2. A note to "loneranger." Please understand that PL is a site that invites law-enforcement supporters to join. As a former prosecutor who wound up risking her life on behalf of the United States Department of Justice, please don't lump all attorneys together. Not ALL of us attempt to unlawfully influence city government. [And my closest large city is Cleveland - where over 50 indictments have come down for corruption in city government involving lawyers and at least one Judge!! So I'm not that naive, either!]

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    FCPD0341

    about 3 years ago

    792 Comments

    @ LoneRanger...I am gonna agree with Batman. Your post was alittle mmmm...unusual

  • Me_love_max50

    SWATOfficer

    about 3 years ago

    76 Comments

    bad examples

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    SgtSteve

    about 3 years ago

    10 Comments

    Ridiculous...

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    Halefo5

    about 3 years ago

    166 Comments

    I would call for the Mayor of Darby County PA to remove the Police Chief from command. He sets a bad precedence for the police officers who are working there. If they ever needed additional assistance to quail an incident beyond their control I would think twice if I was the Colwyn County PA officer in responding into that town again to help. When I was on the job we assisted the adjoining precinct or took action in an adjoining precinct detaining the criminal until the responding sector arrived, if an arrest was made the arrest would be turned over to that sector concerned where the crime occurred. We as Police officers were not trained to do nothing and sit idly by when we see a crime being committed or have been committed where you have a complainant and allowing the criminal to get away. We don’t wait until someone dies or get’s seriously hurt to come to the aid of anyone in need. That Police Chief should be ashamed and is unfit to lead his fine man and woman under his command. The Chief showed poor judgment.

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    spoc

    about 3 years ago

    252 Comments

    GOOD JOB CHIEF, SHOULD HAVE LET THE OFFICER KICK HIS ASS, MAYBE THAT WOULD CHILL HIM OUT....

  • June2010_013_max50

    RnG78

    about 3 years ago

    104 Comments

    silly rabbit, tricks are for kids.

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    sgtdemanda

    about 3 years ago

    578 Comments

    Wow....wtf.

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