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Report: Police fail to break into apartment where woman was killed
AP ^ | 2.10.05

Posted on 02/10/2005 10:18:05 PM PST by ambrose

Posted on Thu, Feb. 10, 2005

Report: Police fail to break into apartment where woman was killed

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Police are investigating whether officers acted appropriately when they failed to break into an apartment where a 24-year-old woman was later found strangled.

San-dee King, who lived alone in an apartment house in the Frankford section of the city, was found dead under a pile of clothes that had been set on fire.

Police were called to the building about 1:45 p.m. Jan. 21 after neighbors reported a fire in the apartment. No arrests have been made.

Police had gone to the building earlier after someone using King's cell phone sent text messages to her friend, saying that King was in trouble. The friend alerted police and officers were dispatched to the apartment, investigators familiar with the case told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

King's father, Eugene King, who also had been alerted of the text messages by King's friend, headed to the apartment and asked police for help in forcing open the apartment door. He was told by police that they could not do that because his daughter was an adult, the Inquirer said.

The officers left, and the fire broke out shortly thereafter.

"The Homicide Division began an investigation, and during their investigation ... it became apparent that there was some concern regarding the manner and the way the officers initially responded," Police Inspector William Colarulo said Thursday.

The case is drawing parallels to the murder of 23-year-old Wharton student Shannon Schieber in 1998. In that case, two officers called to investigate screaming coming from Schieber's apartment decided not to break down her door. Schieber's body was discovered inside the apartment the next morning.

Her parents sued police, but an appeals court dismissed the case in 2003.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News
KEYWORDS: dial911anddie; donutwatch; leo
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1 posted on 02/10/2005 10:18:06 PM PST by ambrose
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If they had smelled a whiff of pot coming from that apartment, they would have had an entire SWAT team busting down the place with battering rams.

Save someone's life? They can't be bothered. Off to Winchells.


2 posted on 02/10/2005 10:19:05 PM PST by ambrose (...)
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To: ambrose
Dial 911 and die.

Here's the lesson folks:

You and noone else are responsible for the defense of your life, liberty, and property. Do so by all means legally available to you.

L

3 posted on 02/10/2005 10:19:47 PM PST by Lurker ("We're all sinners, but jerks revel in their sins. " P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: ambrose

who needs a gun? The police will protect you!


4 posted on 02/10/2005 10:19:58 PM PST by flashbunny (Every thought that enters my head requires its own vanity thread.)
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To: ambrose

Obviously you've never had a Krispy Kreme.


5 posted on 02/10/2005 10:19:59 PM PST by Darkwolf377 ("Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too strong."-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Lurker
Dial 911 and die.

Nice book title.

6 posted on 02/10/2005 10:20:40 PM PST by Darkwolf377 ("Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too strong."-Ronald Reagan)
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To: ambrose

I'm wondering why they didn't break down the door, but where in the article does it mention that they didn't do so because of a donut break?


7 posted on 02/10/2005 10:22:46 PM PST by Darkwolf377 ("Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too strong."-Ronald Reagan)
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To: ambrose
"Police are investigating whether officers acted appropriately when they failed to break into an apartment where a 24-year-old woman was later found strangled."

Meanwhile, the American Bar Association are investigating themselves to see whether they fraudulenlty overcharge some of their clients. And in Bonn, Germany, Skinheads are investigating themselves to see whether they acted appropriately when they beat a man senseless on a subway train in 2003.

8 posted on 02/10/2005 10:30:43 PM PST by TheCrusader ("the frenzy of the Mohammedans has devastated the Churches of God" - Pope Urban II, 1097 A.D.)
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To: Darkwolf377

I was wondering about that too.


9 posted on 02/10/2005 10:41:48 PM PST by Horatio Gates (Dubya - Leading the fight to liberate those caught behind the Iron Burka)
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To: ambrose

I was on the SWAT team and never breached a door just because of a whiff of pot. Usually it was for some 9 to 5 drunk blue-collar type whose wife who just left him for some younger guy, got the house car and kids, was drunk off his ass and was cranking off rounds into the neighborhood. The narcs deal with the pot smoke btw.


10 posted on 02/10/2005 10:48:39 PM PST by Horatio Gates (Dubya - Leading the fight to liberate those caught behind the Iron Burka)
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To: shotokan
Usually it was for some 9 to 5 drunk blue-collar type whose wife who just left him for some younger guy, got the house car and kids, was drunk off his ass and was cranking off rounds into the neighborhood

Sounds harsh but maybe you should have just thrown his ex wife at him.

11 posted on 02/10/2005 10:53:36 PM PST by Centurion2000 (Nations do not survive by setting examples for others. Nations survive by making examples of others)
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To: Centurion2000
Sounds harsh but maybe you should have just thrown his ex wife at him.

Not a bad suggestion for the next after action report 8>)

12 posted on 02/10/2005 10:57:58 PM PST by Horatio Gates (Dubya - Leading the fight to liberate those caught behind the Iron Burka)
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To: shotokan; Indie

Of course, if the cops had broken down the door and didn't find anything, another subset of Freepers would be apoplectic that the cops entered without a warrant. And if they had gotten a warrant but she was in there and had bled to death in the meantime, a third subset of Freepers would have gone apoplectic.

The words "donut," "jackboot," "lazy," "fatassed," "unconstitutional," and "dumb" would have peppered the comments.


13 posted on 02/10/2005 11:06:14 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: ambrose
or if they heard a mutt whimpering......because we all know that animals are more important than humans.....

I respect the police but don't expect them to save you, because they either can't or won't.....

14 posted on 02/10/2005 11:14:05 PM PST by cherry
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To: ambrose
If it were my daughter and I thought something was going on inside the door would last about 10 seconds police or no police. I don't understand why 'dad' didn't take it down anyway.

He'll be feeling horrible guilt to the day he dies for not doing it now.
16 posted on 02/10/2005 11:21:46 PM PST by DB ()
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To: DB

Dad may be an old man, or may not be very strong, and unable to bust down a door without the assistance of someone else.


17 posted on 02/10/2005 11:26:52 PM PST by ambrose (...)
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To: hellbilly
Yeah right. Citizens don't need guns.

Guns? Who the hell said anything about guns?? Of course citizens need guns! This chick probably should have had one and might be alive as a result.

Now, if you want to address what I wrote instead of a red herring, should the cops have 1) busted down the door without a warrant based on the information available, 2) got a warrant and busted down the door based on an affidavit stating the facts available, or 3) told the caller that the resident was an adult and they couldn't vioate her privacy? Hint: No matter what decision you make, you will be a dumbass in somebody's eyes.

18 posted on 02/10/2005 11:28:11 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: ambrose

asked police for help in forcing open the apartment door. He was told by police that they could not do that because his daughter was an adult, the Inquirer said.

What a joke. Am I to believe that all those doors busted down for drugs were homes of juveniles?


19 posted on 02/10/2005 11:29:31 PM PST by taxesareforever
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To: hellbilly

Oh, and for what it's worth, the dad should have grown some balls and busted down the door to check on his daughter. If he broke in on her and her boyfriend, oh well, he can always buy her another door.


20 posted on 02/10/2005 11:31:15 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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