7th PDAC hails officers who thwarted assault

Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficers George Rodrig­uez and An­thony Avery were named Of­ficers of the Month for Septem­ber dur­ing a meet­ing of the 7th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil on Oct. 20 at Sev­en Mile Road Church.

Rodrig­uez and Avery stopped a son from as­sault­ing his fath­er on Sept. 11.

The in­cid­ent, which oc­curred at about 2:30 a.m. on the 1100 block of Gregg St., began when the fath­er heard a knock at his front door and was con­fron­ted by a group of males who said they wanted to fight the man’s son. The son al­legedly grabbed a 13-inch knife and charged at the group, but his fath­er grabbed the son and dis­armed him.

The son al­legedly began to punch and kick the fath­er in the face and threatened to kill him. When Rodrig­uez and Avery ar­rived, they tried to de­tain the son, but he al­legedly res­isted, so the of­ficers used force to sub­due him.

The son was charged with ag­grav­ated as­sault, ter­ror­ist­ic threats, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, pos­sess­ing an in­stru­ment of crime and simple as­sault.

Rep­res­ent­at­ives from the of­fices of state Sen. Mike Stack, state Reps. Den­nis O’Bri­en and John Sabat­ina, and City Coun­cil mem­bers Bri­an O’Neill, Maria Quinones-Sanc­hez and Bill Green each presen­ted the of­ficers with le­gis­lat­ive cita­tions. TD Bank sponsored plaque present­a­tions.

• Also at the 7th PDAC meet­ing, Hugh Or­gan, as­so­ci­ate ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the Cov­en­ant House Pennsylvania, dis­trib­uted in­form­a­tion about free ser­vices avail­able to vic­tims of hu­man-traf­fick­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Or­gan, hu­man-traf­fick­ing for pur­poses of un­doc­u­mented labor and the sex trade is more pre­val­ent than some may think. It of­ten in­volves vic­tims from for­eign coun­tries, but it also can in­volve vul­ner­able people —par­tic­u­larly chil­dren — from Phil­adelphia.

Vic­tims of­ten are forced in­to pros­ti­tu­tion through strip clubs and mas­sage par­lors, or on the street. Oth­ers are forced to work as do­mest­ics. In one re­cent case, vic­tims were made to work in a com­mer­cial clean­ing busi­ness. In all cases, vic­tims are paid little or noth­ing and are forced to com­ply un­der threat of vi­ol­ence or oth­er con­sequences.

To re­port pos­sible hu­man-traf­fick­ing, call the Cov­en­ant House toll free at 800-999-9999 or the Na­tion­al Hu­man Traf­fick­ing Re­source Cen­ter at 888-373-7888. ••

Re­port­er Wil­li­am Kenny can be reached at 215-354-3031 or wkenny@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at wkenny@bsmphilly.com.

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