*The cops that were fired and demoted for the beating of three murder suspects were invited back to the “force” by an overturned verdict. A party was planned (a regular ritual) by FOP flyer that said: “Our Guys Are BACK!” The flyer invites all officers to the free happy-hour party at the FOP office, on Spring Garden Street near Broad.
At the time of the beating in 2008, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey felt strongly enough from the footage he viewed to fire Officers Patrick Gallagher, Vincent Strain, Patrick Whalen and Robert Donnelly, and to demote Sgt. Joseph Schiavone and suspend Officers Jonathan Czapor, Demetrios Pittaoulis and Sean Bascom. The three suspects Pete Hopkins, Dwayne Dyches and Brian Hall had been in a chase with the officers and once stopped, were beaten like animals. (more…)