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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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  • Keith_head_5_max50

    Hamburger

    over 3 years ago

    60 Comments

    We are all doing the same job here, with the same risks, no matter how large or small. We have to work together and if we want to keep the citizens on our side, we can't afford to look like dipsh*t 3rd graders fighting over turf. This is completely unreasonable. It never would have happened if the Chief had walked up to the arresting officer, extended his hand and said, "Thanks." Don't let your ego get in the way of doing your job.

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    RetCincyDisp

    over 3 years ago

    164 Comments

    There can never be too much help on a run. It let's the bad guys know you have each other's backs. The color of the uniform or jurisdictional lines don't mater when it comes to getting the job done and all going home safe.

  • John_groh_max50

    wiseass0282

    over 3 years ago

    10982 Comments

    That Chief needs to go. Small agencies like that need each other and should work together. That lady on the ground could give a rats ass about what color the uniform is that came to her aide. I think the Officer acted correctly when he made the arrest. When to other agency arrives just turn the turd over to them, no big deal. We all work together remember.

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    Amelbn8

    over 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    It is time for the Chief to take a vacation. We clearly see where his priorities are and what he considers important, certainly not human safety. I don't normally vote for firing of people, but in this case I'm just saying that this event may be a sign of what is going to come in the very near future if he is allowed to continue in his position. Maybe after some R&R and counseling he can return. I don't know what he has brought to his company in the past, but right now his judgment is absolutely cloudy. In reading some of the comments I see that the area is a closly knit location and you guys are going to need to help of each other, so give him the help he needs and take him out of the game for now because we want the rest of our LEO to stay safe. Take care my friends.

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    Recondo99

    over 3 years ago

    2570 Comments

    That former Mayor is right !

  • Bike2008-22_max50

    Tbones2469

    over 3 years ago

    168 Comments

    I live close by this area and am sad to say that Darby Boro has been plagued with problems in their political government for years. Sad to see that it has trickled down to the street Officer. The worst part of this is that in this area there are about 15 or 20 small 10 man departments and they rely on each other all the time for backup. Hope they get through this without anyone getting seriously injured.

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    lpdpc

    over 3 years ago

    28 Comments

    That's crazy! Sgt_Fitz hit the nail on the head!

  • 403787_10150504906033106_662118105_9177076_414493704_n_max50

    CUFFEM3232

    over 3 years ago

    318 Comments

    I'm with CAZ. WTH is going on here? Seriously.

  • Fm_cr_max50

    Sgt_Fitz

    over 3 years ago

    46 Comments

    Apparently, the Colwyn officer cares more about the citizens of Darby, than their own police chief. The chief seems concerned with the intrusion into his "empire" when in fact, he should be thankful for the the able assistance provided by the Colwyn officer. I'm thinking dude needs to find a new line of work...like yesterday. Hey chief, (intentionally small case "c") if your out there, thanks for the shining example of ego free leadership. Now do your troops a favor and make way for a real leader, someone who can be an example not an embarrassment! Real leaders lead from the front, not the gutter.

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    jims4

    over 3 years ago

    2610 Comments

    The same guys that this chief is against will be the first ones to come to his aid when he is grappling with someone on the side of the road....What an IDIOT!

  • Caronstar_20_2__max50

    ZZZzzz

    over 3 years ago

    128 Comments

    I have to agree with about all comments on this subject...where is the cop when you need one?

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50

    CAZ

    over 3 years ago

    1428 Comments

    I am at a loss of words

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    chiefwreynolds

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    Any police personnel involved that were causing this public disturbance should be charged and fired. The good citizens of Darby should expect better service from any police officer.

  • Txbadge_max50

    CenTexCop

    over 3 years ago

    50 Comments

    Complete and total failure of leadership. Utterly unacceptable. I would be embarrassed to work for any of the clowns in charge who let this sort of thing continue, much less exhibited this sort of behavior themselves. This so-called chief should be ashamed of himself, but evidently he's so wound up in his own selfish fantasy of ruling the roost that shame for this kind of behavior hasn't even occurred to him. Sad situation for the citizens he is supposed to be protecting.

  • Officer_w_pavey_max50

    napd270

    over 3 years ago

    72 Comments

    I remember one time having a Indiana State Trooper show up at a domestic dispute and he asked me if I wanted him to leave and I told him "No, I figure the more the merrier!" In fact I was glad that he was there.

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