Turf Fight: Officers From Rivaling Jurisdictions Become YouTube Hit in Confrontation Over Jurisdiction

The video below is part of an investigation by the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office into a confrontation between officers from rivaling jurisdicitons: the Darby and Colwyn Police departments. After the Colwyn police arrested a man a block over the line in Darby, a confrontation occurred at the scene.

A Colwyn Borough police officer was flagged down about a domestic dispute and arrested the culprit – only to be challenged by the Darby officers over turf. Notably, the officers included Darby Borough Police Chief Robert Smythe, who is heard yelling “Get out of Darby, get out of Darby.”

Source: NBC

21 thoughts on “Turf Fight: Officers From Rivaling Jurisdictions Become YouTube Hit in Confrontation Over Jurisdiction”

  1. Yo,Yo,Yo,i be here representin for da darby pd. if any of you colwyn biotches wanna bring it, bring it on cause we will put you down.

  2. rafflaw,

    For you …


  3. You can’t throw him to the ground! It’s OUR turn to throw him to the ground!

    No, no- You threw the guy to the ground last time! It’s OUR turn!

    Well- Okay, but we get to to scrape his face on the pavement!

    Oh- Alright, but we get to taze him!

    Oh no you don’t! I called “Dibs” on tazing him!

    Well, alright- did you bring any dope to plant on him?

    No, we forgot to sign it out.

    Well- we’ll take care of it, but you buy the donuts!

    Okay pal- see you at the Krispy Kreme!

  4. frank 1, March 30, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Maybe they should hang some shoes over the power lines to demarcate their turf.


    rafflaw 1, March 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    You could be right.
    I hope the video person doesn’t get a ticket in the near future!


    I hope they don’t find the videographer hanging from the power lines to really demarcate their turf….

  5. “the video reminds me of Reno 911!”

    I tried finding the video clip for the turf fight with Creepy Pete and the Sparks County sheriffs but, alas, it is not to be found!

  6. rafflaw:
    the video reminds me of Reno 911!

    A Colwyn Borough police officer was “flagged down” about a domestic dispute? Was the officer flagged down in Colwyn or Darby? Or is Darby part of Colwyn Borough? If not, what was a Colwyn Borough police officer (on duty, I presume) doing in Darby anyway? I assume this dispute boiled down to whose was bigger.

  7. Who took and posted this video? They can expect a 4 AM home search, trumped-up charges, or worse.

  8. Wow, Jill and Dredd sure doesn’t know how to stay on topic at hand.

    Anyways, I personally think it’s silly to fight over the jurisdiction. If police from other area wanted the perp that I arrested, sure! That means less paperwork (police department requires from 35 to 55 pages of paperwork to process arrest) less liability for me and my department if that perp croaks from drug overdose or choke on their vomits, etc.

    Mainly I think it’s all about their ego when it comes to squabbling over turf. I’ll be sure to share it with my fellow co-workers and have a good laugh at them.

    Oh one more thing, Kay, those cops were acting under federal order so that kinda supersede the jurisdiction issue. I’m authorized to make arrest for federal felony no matter where I am.

  9. This is a turf fight that should go viral on every newspaper and Youtube: “Published on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 by The Guardian/UK
    Kill Teams in Afghanistan: The Truth
    These disgusting photos of murdered Afghans reveal the aggression and racism underpinning the occupation of my country
    by Malalai Joya

    The disgusting and heartbreaking photos published last week in the German media, and more recently in Rolling Stone magazine, are finally bringing the grisly truth about the war in Afghanistan to a wider public. All the PR about this war being about democracy and human rights melts into thin air with the pictures of US soldiers posing with the dead and mutilated bodies of innocent Afghan civilians. [Click to visit the Rolling Stone special report.] Click to visit the Rolling Stone special report.

    I must report that Afghans do not believe this to be a story of a few rogue soldiers. We believe that the brutal actions of these “kill teams” reveal the aggression and racism which is part and parcel of the entire military occupation. While these photos are new, the murder of innocents is not. Such crimes have sparked many protests in Afghanistan and have sharply raised anti-American sentiment among ordinary Afghans.

    I am not surprised that the mainstream media in the US has been reluctant to publish these images of the soldiers who made sport out of murdering Afghans. General Petraeus, now in charge of the American-led occupation, is said to place great importance on the “information war” for public opinion – and there is a concerted effort to keep the reality of Afghanistan out of sight in the US.

    Last week my initial application for a US entry visa was turned down, and so my book tour was delayed while supporters demanded my right to enter the country. The American government was pressed to relent and allow my visit to go ahead. Ultimately it too will be unable to block out the truth about the war in Afghanistan.

    The “kill team” images will come as a shock to many outside Afghanistan but not to us. We have seen countless incidents of American and Nato forces killing innocent people like birds. For instance, they recently killed nine children in Kunar Province who were collecting firewood. In February this year they killed 65 innocent villagers, most of them women and children. In this case, as in many others, Nato claimed that they had only killed insurgents, even though local authorities acknowledged that the victims were civilians. To prevent the facts coming out they even arrested two journalists from al-Jazeera who attempted to visit and report from the site of the massacre.

    Successive US officials have said that they will safeguard civilians and that they will be more careful, but in fact they are only more careful in their efforts to cover up their crimes and suppress reporting of them. The US and Nato, along with the office of the UN’s assistance mission in Afghanistan, usually give statistics about civilian deaths that underestimate the numbers. The reality is that President Obama’s so-called surge has only led to a surge of violence from all sides, and civilian deaths have increased.

    The occupying armies have tried to buy off the families of their victims, offering $2,000 for each one killed. Afghans’ lives are cheap for the US and Nato, but no matter how much they offer, we don’t want their blood money.

    Once you know all this, and once you have seen the “kill team” photos, you will understand more clearly why Afghans have turned against this occupation. The Karzai regime is more hated than ever: it only rules through intimidation, corruption, and with the help of the occupying armies. Afghans deserve much better than this.

    However, this does not mean more Afghans are supporting the reactionary so-called resistance of the Taliban. Instead we are seeing the growth, under very difficult conditions, of another resistance led by students, women and the ordinary poor people of Afghanistan. They are taking to the streets to protest against the massacre of civilians and to demand an end to the war. Demonstrations like this were recently held in Kabul, Marzar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad and Farah.

    This resistance is inspired by the movements in other countries like Egypt and Tunisia – we want to see “people power” in Afghanistan as well. And we need the support and solidarity of people in the Nato countries.

    Many new voices are speaking up against this expensive and hypocritical war in Afghanistan, including soldiers from the Nato armies. When I last visited the UK I had the honour of meeting Joe Glenton, a conscientious objector who spent months in jail for his resistance to the war in Afghanistan. Of his time in prison, Glenton said: “In the current climate I consider it a badge of honour to have served a prison sentence.”

    So while the world looks in horror at the “kill team” photographs, Joe Glenton’s courage and humanity is an important reminder that the war in Afghanistan need not last forever.
    © 2011 Guardian News and Media

  10. “frank
    1, March 30, 2011 at 9:46 am
    Maybe they should hang some shoes over the power lines to demarcate their turf.”

    Now thats funny.LOL!!

  11. In Wisconsin it is against the law for a police officer to become involved in a matter for which they don’t have authority to arrest or prosecute.

    I became personally involved with this issue when the Verona Wisconsin police showed up at my house and forced me into their vehicle even though they did not have a warrant in their possession. They did this at the request of USMS and I was held as a federal prisoner in Wisconsin for three weeks without a criminal charge or a bail hearing. They told my husband that they were arresting me for “obstruction of justice” but I was never charged with that or any other federal offense.

  12. Maybe they should hang some shoes over the power lines to demarcate their turf.

  13. So who are we supposed to be rooting for? The Sharks or the Jets?

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