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Philadelphia Police Officer Arrested In A.C.

By Wyatt Earp | July 17, 2011

Atlantic City, New Jersey is the Philadelphia area’s go-to place for adult entertainment. Between the gambling, the concerts, and the boxing matches, there is something for everyone.

Of course, if your idea of fun is assaulting a police officer and inciting a riot, I guess you can do that there, too.

Six men have been arrested after starting a brawl with an Atlantic City police officer early Saturday morning. Officer Franco Syndor, who was in uniform and working an off-duty detail, approached a group of unruly men at Bally’s Wild West Casino to assist security in removing them.

The group refused to leave, and then proceeded to threaten Officer Syndor with assault before he could call for back up. One of the men was identified as boxer Gabriel Rosado, who had won a boxing match at Bally’s earlier that night, and another was identified as off-duty Philadelphia police officer Eliezer Morales.

Officer Syndor called for back-up, but was punched in the mouth by Rosado, who continued to swing at Syndor. Rosado was eventually restrained before being arrested.

Eliezer Morales, the off-duty Philadelphia police officer, is facing charges of terroristic threats and inciting a riot.

Lovely. Just lovely.

Topics: Philly, The Job | 13 Comments »

13 Responses to “Philadelphia Police Officer Arrested In A.C.”

  1. Old NFO Says:
    July 17th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Y’all just can’t win…

  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 17th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Old NFO – What can I say? You get what you hire.

  3. Kim Says:
    July 17th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Did I read that right? One officer assaulted another officer? Maybe it’s the heat getting to me.

  4. John D Says:
    July 17th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Sounds like the officers of the PPD should consider adopting the time honored tradition of the “blanket party.” Guys like Morales crap on the entire department when they behave the way he did.

  5. Loaded Dice in Vegas Says:
    July 17th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    We are our own worst enemies…………

    By the way Wyatt, another diversity hire?

  6. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 17th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Kim – A PPD officer assaulted an AC officer. Welcome to the jungle.

    John D. – Yes, they do. The only good part of this is that no one sheds a tear when they get arrested/fired.

    LDIV – Many of our hires anymore are diversity hires. And people are shocked when things like this happen. When I came on, there was respect for other cops. Apparently, that tradition is gone forever.

  7. Crusty Says:
    July 17th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    How will race be worked into this?

  8. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 17th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Crusty – Latino discrimination suit. It’s coming.

  9. AJ Lynch Says:
    July 18th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Well they were in Bally’s WILD WEST casino. Heh.

  10. rican lawyer Says:
    July 18th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I actually knowl the parties involved in this “brawl”, n when the truth comes out, those who pre-judged will feel stupid. Btw the police officer involved is one of the nicest, dedicated, respectful persons i know. He is an outstanding citizen and officer. It’s a shame how is name is being tainted over accusations in which he was not a part of. But in order to correct the ill informed…

    Wyatt- You get what you hire? Hmmm…not sure where you’re going with this but, Yes you do. A great police officer who upholds the laws and has risked his life in one of the cities toughest neighborhoods in order to better the city. And Latino discrimination suit..hmmm… we’ll see when all the facts come out. But don’t get your racial undertone to all your comments?

    Kim- The PPD was not directly involved in the brawl and he never assaulted anyone, they were all charged with the same crime, as is common practice and I’m certain all charges will be dropped against him.

    John d- I ask that you wait until all of the details of the case come out before you condemn a great honorable police officer like Morales, you insinuate that an officer should be thrown under a blanket and beat, before all the facts are out. if you had the chance to meet the officer you will instantly see what great person he is.

  11. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 19th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    AJ – Just keeping with the “wild” motif, I suppose.

    Rican Lawyer – Most of the honorable police officers I know don’t get arrested – or better yet, don’t put themselves into the position Morales put himself into. If he would have just walked away, the media wouldn’t even know his name today.

  12. ricanlawyer Says:
    July 20th, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Wyatt- Honorable people are unfortunately arrested every day. I encounter them all the time. The justice establishment can be an imperfect system. Officer Morales was not the aggressor of the situation, his duty as an officer was to intervene diffuse. The facts of this case are not available yet. I urge you to look at the docket when it becomes available to see the true admissible evidence. This will separate truth from inflammatory charges by news organizations to increase viewership, evidence which was provided by a police department who has the interest of their involved police officer in mind.

  13. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 20th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    his duty as an officer was to intervene diffuse

    Actually, in this case, it wasn’t. As I’m sure you already know, we’re certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our police powers stop at the New Jersey border. Morales had no power of arrest in Atlantic City, and therefore had no duty to intervene and diffuse – especially with an ACPD officer on location. His only duty in this case, as our department’s directives clearly state, was to call 911.