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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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    David4946

    over 3 years ago

    1326 Comments

    Someone forgot what color their car is LoL ( Super Troopers) In Ohio the individual police departments don’t have police powers outside their jurisdiction unless mutual aid has been requested or the officer is a Constable (County Wide LEO). So the Colwyn officer may not even have had police powers in Darby. In this situation even though I am a Constable and could take the arrest would detain the suspect until the Darby officers arrived to take it over and just write a supplemental report as to my observations.
    With that being said… This was ridiculous. That Chief probably stays up all night peeing all over his “Territory” like a dog.

  • Eagle_rwb_max50

    Drummadude

    over 3 years ago

    204 Comments

    Whatta goofball. In my neck of the woods, agencies basically overlap jurisdiction. It is not unusual for mutual aid of resources like K-9. It's the same with FIRE. My city has been overtaxed with a big incident a few times, and neighboring cities and towns will actually man the stations.

    As I understand it, the Colwyn officer was flagged down. He was fulfilling his oath. Can that chief, he sounds mentally ill.

  • Clone_trooper_max50

    lkdavis71

    over 3 years ago

    1066 Comments

    What an embarassment

  • Thin_blue_line_max50

    RLW

    over 3 years ago

    292 Comments

    What a huge embarrassment to law enforcement, We must all work together as one.

  • Csi_squirrle_max600_1__max50

    mmmm

    over 3 years ago

    550 Comments

    The first order of business would be to fire the chief.

  • Bike2008-22_max50

    Tbones2469

    over 3 years ago

    168 Comments

    Same team, we are all boys and girls in blue. Shame, Chief should have thanked the arresting Officer not yell. Hope it clears up quickly.

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    Ladep952

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    Wow....I would be happy just to have someone for a back...c3 rolls are often 10-15mins out here....

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    That's to bad. Aren't we supposed to be protecting the public??? Does it really matter who maqkes the arrest, as long as someone HAS been arrested??? Don't have that problem with other police departments here. We are all County Departments, but it does make it easier when there is an ocean between counties. Hope things work themselves out!!!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    This is vrazy for sure. The bad thing is I've seen it happen in person. Make us all look bad. To borrow a famous line.... "Can't we all just get along!"

  • Jack_bauer_max50

    Allen705

    over 3 years ago

    1466 Comments

    Any cop who thinks if another officer see or is flagged down from another jurisdiction can't act or has no business there should turn in their badge and sweep streets for a living. Any state that allows a police officer to only act in their specific jurisdiction should be changed as well. This will end up getting other killed and i bet the criminals are having a field day in those cities. They just cross the city lines because they know they won't be caught or looked for. Especially in Darby.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Somebody needs his binky and a nap.....Oh yeah and a new job because you have no business being a chief of police.

  • Mpd_patch_max50

    smcculley

    over 3 years ago

    130 Comments

    OVERREACTION!!!! If anything the chief should have thanked the other officer for assisting instead of rolling on by because "It's not my jurisdiction." The city guys do that for the county where I work. If we get there first we help where we can, then turn it over to them. Very, very sad.

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    hawkman307

    over 3 years ago

    4086 Comments

    Way to set an example Chief!

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    CPD82

    over 3 years ago

    466 Comments

    Good job chief! what an idiot

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    really cops fighting over area and who is the best or some Shit.... Come on and we wounder way the public is always bashing us..... Stupid move thanks for helping me get the public trust

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