Some people throw parties. Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood throws news conferences.
While most news conferences are sterile and uneventful, full of boring officials saying politically correct things, Chitwood’s news conferences are anything but.
He curses. He calls suspects names like “scum” and “bum” and “scumbum.” He even had himself Tasered at a news conference once.
Sure, Chitwood has his detractors, those who say he is hungry for the spotlight. Behind his back, they give him nicknames like “Media Mike" and the “TMZ Police." But he never minded.
Chitwood, who started as a cop in Philly in the 1960s, was old school and wasn’t afraid of saying anything.
Now he’s retiring, so in the spirit of Chitwood, we offer you his best on-the-record quotes (with links to the related stories) since he took charge of the Upper Darby Police Department in 2005.