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Story | May 22, 2015 | 8:16 AMYesterday, Edward Ericson Jr. called attention to a New York Times piece that focused on a truce amongst Paterson, New Jersey "informal youth groups," as Ericson playfully called them. The hesitancy to call these violent groups that deal drugs "gangs" is in part the result of Paterson police director Jerry Speziale who decided not to call them gangs either and said, "they are more neighborhood clusters than traditional gangs... This does not mean they are any less violent." We found Speziale's parsing interesting and looked the guy up. It turns out he has an insanely detailed and totally captivating Wikipedia entry. It's nearly 8,000 words long, and details many of his policy changes and big busts as well as a number of interesting though probably not really Wiki-ready anecdotes. A personal favorite begins: "On August 31, 2007, Speziale was scheduled to be the keynote speaker for the graduating police recruit class when he nabs a suspect in a brook after dragging one of his detectives," and goes on to tell a rather horrifying story of a detective dragged behind his stolen police car for "about 700 feet." Speziale and others pursued the car thief into a "slimy brook," where the suspect was apprehended. The entry ends with: "'When your guys go in the water, you go too,' said Speziale, in a telephone interview. Speziale was wearing dress pants, new socks and his police boots at the time. All of them, he said, were ruined by the slimy water. He arrived at the event for his speech late, and a little bit wet." The whole thing reads more like an outline for a fascinating memoir to come than, you know, a Wikipedia entry, so check it out. (Brandon Soderberg)
Story | Dec 29, 2014 | 4:27 PM
Wandering Eye: Explaining Maryland and New York's different fracking decisions, presidential politics, and more
Story | Dec 24, 2014 | 8:51 AM
Annex Theater invites you to a night of humanity at its worst while savoring food at its best--you know, the norm--with "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover"
Story | Oct 21, 2014 | 10:49 AM