Sunday, February 20, 2005


Less than two months after we recieved a tip from an insider regarding the SEPTA Transit Police department's decision to do away with plainclothes details comes word of an attack at a Broad Street Subway station this past week.

According to WCAU-TV:

A teenager who volunteers his time to help troubled teens was a victim of a gang of teens Monday.

The teen, whose name was not released, was attacked at the Fern Rock SEPTA station.

Police said about a dozen teens attacked the 15-year-old as he was walking to a nearby church where he volunteers.

He was rushed to a hospital for treatment for several cuts and bruises.

The victim's mother believes the attack could have been stopped if police were patrolling the area.

"I'm so upset that this was a pattern we could have prevented from happening had there been plainclothed police officers in the area," said Tanya Haynes.

SEPTA officials said there used to be several plainclothed police officers patrolling the area, but last year those officers were put back into uniform and back on the street.

Police said a 50-year-old man was attacked in the same area [the week of 7 February - ed], apparently by the same group of teens. WCAU-TV

Surprise, surprise, surprise...

Last December, we posted this comment from SEPTA Minister of Mis-Information Richard Maloney, who said this to WCAU-TV after that station aired a report on an increase in pickpocketing incidents on SEPTA vehicles:

"We have a pickpocket patrol at the SEPTA Police Department, and they're undercover police, and they make arrests," SEPTA spokesman Rich Maloney said. WCAU-TV
Along with that lie from Maloney (one of these days, it would be interesting to see a list of lies that Maloney has told in his capacity as SEPTA's Minister of Mis-Information, but that's another posting), we also posted an insider's account that not only reported the lie about the plainclothes details, but also reported that staffing levels during morning peak periods are far less than what they should be.

This raises the question - Was SEPTA lying then, or are they lying now?

For that matter, can you really tell the difference?

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