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Phoenixville Woman Suing Camden Police Over Son’s Death

Ginger Katzenmoyer says her son was beaten to death in 2007 by Camden police officers.

According to the Courier-Post, a borough woman who says Camden police officers beat her son to death in 2007 will get her day in court.

Despite the protests of the city’s attorneys—who maintain that their officer used justified force the night of the August 18 incident—US District judge Robert Kugler ruled that Ginger Katzenmoyer, of Phoenixville, will get a chance to take her case before a jury.

Her case is this: According to court documents, Brett Katzenmoyer, 21, was at an OAR concert at the Camden Waterfront in August of 2007 when he a woman accused him of assault in the parking lot. Camden Police, according to the lawsuit, proceeded to handcuff him and beat him with nightsticks and punch him in the face.

(A security guard said he witnessed the punch and tried to intervene. Camden attorneys say he is not a credible witness.)

Four days after the incident, Ginger Katzenmoyer found her son unconscious. A day later he was declared dead.

The county coroner found that Katzenmoyer had suffered head injuries, but the man also tested positive for morphine and an anti-anxiety medication and had a blood alcohol level that was nearly three times the legal limit.

Read the full story here.

Steven R Smith January 10, 2013 at 01:26 PM
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Steven R Smith January 10, 2013 at 01:29 PM
I hope justice is served. I remember reading about this years ago and hearing the coroner changed his report to after the original stated he died from Homocide. This whole case screamed dirty cops from the beginning. God Bless Ginger Katzenmoyer, prayers are with your family through this difficult time.
The Matrix January 10, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Ginger Katzenmoyer is the matriarch of a family of losers. Simply put if her kid was under the influence of alcohol and drugs he would not have been put into this situation. There are two sides to every story.
Matt Mazza January 10, 2013 at 02:05 PM
"Say what" you better stop before you make a bigger fool out of yourself. You call people losers, but then hide your identity. You do not know the story either,what happened, or who is more to blame. It is kind of crazy police, who are here to protect, would beat a kid to death when his hands are handcuffed, whether he was drunk, sober or on drugs. So maybe you are a complete loser yourself for calling someone a loser when you do not even know them.
Matt Mazza January 10, 2013 at 02:06 PM
"Simply put if her kid was under the influence of alcohol and drugs he would not have been put into this situation"..... that makes a lot of sense "Say What"
Steven R Smith January 10, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Say What??? So let me get this straight if your kid goes to a concert and drinks (which is very unheard of at concerts) the cops should be allowed to kill him? Get lost. No matter what was done before this situation escalated he was still beat to death by COPS. Let alone was beaten while handcuffed after the original situation was over with.
mpm January 10, 2013 at 03:17 PM
just because someone is under the influence of alcohol and drugs does not allow police to behave in such a brutal way or anyone else for that matter
Ike January 10, 2013 at 04:13 PM
What is with your brian, Matt , you are not a nice person. You must be a real loser for talking like this. Yes the cops really do beat peeps , they used to do it a lot more in the 60s and 70 s. There is NO reaso for them to do it . Now a days with all the tasers they have. In the older days they did it cause they could , and for something to do . YES its sounds crazy , but it happen . AND IN PHOENIXVILLE , the cops did it all the time . I could name names , and some of thm are ones who some say are so great, but it wont do no good . BUT FOR YOU TO CALL A MOTHER NAMES , when she lost her son to this . YOU,,,, WELL I HOPE YOU LIKE IT HOT , caue thats where you are going , when your times up. Mrs. Katzenmoyer i am so sorry for what has happen.
patchsux January 11, 2013 at 12:51 AM
"the security guard witness is not credible"? what is not credible is the city of camden, camden police, violet crime in camden is credible to the rate of 2nd in the nation, and in light of the new rumor news released today regarding the camden police the pig lawyer is the one not credible. it is more likely that the camden police are responsible for this young mans death, in camden not only are the criminals looking for a potential victim , the police are also looking for a victim.
PhxFinest! January 11, 2013 at 01:33 AM
There are two phoenixville cops who repeatedly punched my friend in the head and stomach while he was trying to cower in a fetal position on his couch so they would stop! It happens more then we think.
harry finster January 11, 2013 at 02:47 AM
phoenixville/philadelphia the only difference between the cops and robbers is the police wear stormtropper apparel
P-ville-resident January 11, 2013 at 01:23 PM
PhxFinest.......what were the police doing at your friends house. Maybe doing something against the law. With all the crazies out there, the police have to go into every situation with extreme caution. They want to go home after every shift. Someone in the fetal position could be hiding something and the police have to subdue the individual and make sure the area is safe. Now...Sounds like the police in Camden already subdued the guy and used excessive force. Camden is a dangerous place and the police have a hard enough time trying to control whatever civility is there. I have no idea why they ever constructed that place for concerts. I am sorry for this gentleman's mom. I don't know what kind of person he was.(only God can judge that) but nothing is worse then having to lose a child so early.
Matt Mazza January 11, 2013 at 04:04 PM
ike you are mistaken. I was defending the family, and was coming at the post above by "say what". please read the posts before you come at the wrong person
P-ville-resident January 11, 2013 at 04:16 PM
And Ike.....pull your brian out of your a** and learn how to spell LOL
PhxFinest! January 12, 2013 at 04:24 AM
pville resident...no he called the cops on a crazy neighbor ...im not going to explain the story to you. He was in the fetal position because he was pushed down on his couch and was trying to protect his head! You have no idea. People like you always want to make things out to be something there not!
P-ville-resident January 12, 2013 at 01:50 PM
I am sure that is what happened. "Calling the cops on a neighbor and getting beat up for it." That sounds logical......Give me a break. I am not making things out to be something that they aren't. Just being realistic and providing my opinion.
Rxtxs323 January 12, 2013 at 10:45 PM
U know what guys. Brett happened to be one of my best friends. And I'm not gonna get in an argument on here. But I will say this....the women who he allegedly attacked. (The reason why he was getting arrested). Said later that he was the wrong person. The cops had the wrong guy. The lady even wrote the katzenmoyer family a letter apologizing saying she was pointing to another man standing next to Brett. He was a great person, would do anything for anyone, and died way to soon!!
PhxFinest! January 13, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Pville resident you dont know the whole story so comment on something you know facts about or better yet maybe you should be taking care of ur 2 boys then on here trying to start drama with people you dont know.
P-ville-resident January 14, 2013 at 01:04 PM
PhxFinest......How dare you bring my 2 boys into this. Who are you? I have filed a complaint with Tom here and am going to get the police involved. How would you like it if I attacked your family. I was giving my opinion and you come back with that. I hope I get to meet you face to face.
PhxFinest! January 14, 2013 at 03:06 PM
I wasnt attacking you. or your family geez....all i said was worry about things that really matter not about a comment i made. Your the one who started commenting sbout what i said. So im sorry you think thats attacking ur family. I didnt threaten you or ur family so take a chill pill! Sheesh. I actually think ur thratening me by saying you want to meet me face to face ....thats a threat not what i said.
P-ville-resident January 14, 2013 at 03:14 PM
You brought my family into this. My 2 boys have nothing to do with my comments. That was a low blow and not very smart. I have already reached out to the police and have a meeting with them this afternoon.
PhxFinest! January 14, 2013 at 03:28 PM
thats good i cant wait to speak with them!
Rxtxs323 January 14, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Ha! Who calls the police over a comment. HahahHa
1 January 14, 2013 at 05:16 PM
P-ville-resident - I fail to see where this is a police matter or even one for the civil courts. You are posting under an alias as is "PhxFinest!". There were no threats or libel in any of these posts and in fact it was YOU who started with the attacks and negativity. The only reason "PhxFinest!" was able to referrence your two kids is because YOU made a comment about them in another thread. A simple click on your name shows your profile and all of your past comments. I call BS on your "meeting with police" as they would not waste their time with this. My guess is any "meeting" that takes place will be you going to the station with this rant and then being politely asked to leave. If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.
PhxFinest! January 14, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Thank u 1 & Rxtxs323 ! I wasnt threatening her at all. If u talk reckless to ppl there going to respond!
PhxFinest! January 15, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Just wanted to let everyone know the cops never came...I was so sad cause I really wanted to talk to them about this crazy person who started with me for no reason!!!

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