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AG indicts Wilm. ex-cop who slammed man’s head into wall

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines, Police & Fire

The Delaware Department of Justice’s Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust has indicted a former Wilmington police officer after internet posts showing the officer using excessive force went viral on social media.  The division opened an investigation into Samuel Waters, 27, after discovering footage of a Sept. 21, 2021 incident during which he repeatedly forced a man’s head against …

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Purzycki, FOP: Congo’s police shaming ‘baseless, abhorrent’

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines, Police & Fire

LEFT TO RIGHT: COUNCIL PRESIDENT TRIPPI CONGO, MAYOR MIKE PURZYCKI, POLICE CHIEF ROBERT TRACY The mayor of Wilmington and the union that represents the city’s police officers are pushing back against the City Council president’s claims that the department is failing to promote diversity and morale within its ranks.  After leading the City Council to a Jan. 20 vote of …

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Wilmington council president goes public with WPD ‘whitest Black guy’ trophy

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Around Christmas of 2019, a Black male detective in the Wilmington Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division was given a trophy by his white male supervisor with an engraved message that reads, “Whitest Black Guy in the Office Award.” The trophy has been openly displayed on the detective’s desk since it was presented to him, according to City Council President Trippi …

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Wilmington residents sign petition in support of police chief

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines, Police & Fire

Chief Robert Tracy/Wilmington Police Department A petition expressing support for the Wilmington Police Department has gathered more than 600 signatures after the Wilmington City Council on Thursday passed a “vote of no confidence” in Chief Robert Tracy. The vote happened after a nearly three-hour-long Public Safety Committee meeting Tuesday during which Tracy and others defended the department’s practices amidst claims …

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14 Wilmington gang members hit with 120 charges, including six murders

Betsy Price Headlines, Police & Fire

    Fourteen members of the Wlmington gang have been indicted on more than 120 criminal charges, including six counts of murder, authorities announced Monday. The indictment comes after a six-month long investigation involving the Delaware Department of Justice, Wilmington Police Department and New Castle County Police Department, and more agencies. The six murder charges relate to deaths between Nov. …

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Wilmington Police Chief talks about efforts to curb gun crime

Betsy Price Headlines, Police & Fire

Wilmington Police Chief Robert J. Tracy     Acknowledging that gun-related crimes have soared, Wilmington Police Chief  Robert J. Tracy issued a press release Thursday saying his department is trying to fight that in part by focusing on illegal gun possession. “The past couple of weeks have shown us just how much of a problem this remains – to include …