Keep your schedules open because we feel like the Philadelphia Police Department has another happy hour in the works. All things considered, this one should have more booze, more snacks and, possibly, exotic dancers. This we allege.
That's 'cause the Police Department has got another lawsuit on their hands and if things go as they have in the past for the cop involved, it’ll be time to helium up those balloons, clown-paint your face and booze it up like there’s no tomorrow.
On March 26, Officer Thomas Schaffling left a Tacony after-hours club about 3 a.m. and couldn’t find his car. Two men, not affiliated with the off-duty cop, were getting into their own car, and Schaffling allegedly kicked and busted a fog light on their vehicle. Then, allegedly, Schaffling told them he was a cop and threatened to kill the duo.
A man who lives nearby told the Daily News he heard someone say, “You don't know who you're messing with. I could kill you.” Then, allegedly, Schaffling began firing his gun at the men, one of which suffered a grazed bullet under his arm and was treated at Aria Health's Frankford campus.
Paul Messing, an attorney representing the two men (who are suing Schaffling, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and officers who responded to the shooting) told the Daily News: “He was just firing wildly…He seemed to be firing [bullets] all over the place and in their direction. It was just good fortune and Schaffling's state of intoxication that no one was killed.”
Thank God he was shitfaced. Allegedly.
Normally, with such one-sided facts in a case like this, we wouldn’t be planning a victory happy hour, say, down at the Fraternal Order of Police near Broad and Spring Garden. But, well, we’ll just let the Daily News explain what Officer Schaffling has – allegedly – gotten out of in the past:
“During his more than seven years on the force, Schaffling, 26, has amassed at least 14 citizen complaints, mostly for allegations of excessive force. He's also been at the center of several high-profile police calamities, including the Fox 29 videotaped beating of three shooting suspects; a baby-shower debacle in which officers allegedly used pepper spray and struck women and children; and the handcuffing and near-arrest of state Rep. Jewell Williams, D-North Philadelphia,” they write.
“In each incident, citizens alleged that Schaffling brandished a gun or baton and threatened to "kill you mother f---ers" or "blow your f---ing head off." In the end, most citizens got locked up, while Schaffling escaped discipline.”
Remember two years ago when we all watched Fox footage of a bunch of cops kicking the crap out of some murder suspects (who have since been cleared in the triple shooting)?
Officer seen striking mentally disabled man on video is placed on desk duty
KYW 1060 reports that demonstrators protested police violence outside Philly police headquarters on Monday: "Their overall complaint was that police get away with murder. That's what Pamela Goode, a relative of former mayor Wilson Goode, says about the shooting death of her son Timothy about two years ago, during a confrontation with police apparently sparked by a drug deal: "My son deserved his day in court and not to be gunned down and murdered, shot twice in his back like an animal." The police department says the investigation of that shooting is still in the hands of the district attorney's office, which is now under new leadership."
It's the 25th anniversary of MOVE, but the incident is being overshadowed by the Philadelphia Police Department's brand-spankin'-new scandals and bouts with stupidity.