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July 14, 2016 | By Chris Palmer and Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITERS
He was a kid embracing life and trying to make something of himself, his mother said, just 15 years old and rapping at parties for money, filming music videos with friends. But Monday night, rising 10th grader Tyhir Barnes died after he was shot leaving a basketball game he'd watched with friends in Southwest Philadelphia, according to police. Authorities believe the shooting resulted from a days-old dispute over a hoops contest, with an opponent seeking retribution against Barnes' team for a contentious buzzer-beating win. "It really doesn't make any sense," said Capt.
NEWS
July 11, 2016
Michael J. Jenkins is associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Scranton and coauthor of "Police Leaders in the New Community Problem-Solving Era" (Carolina Academic Press, 2015) The past week's shootings of citizens and police will inevitably give rise to many opinions about how police should do their jobs. Some will suggest police revert back to a get-tough approach, while others will expect police to pull back from proactive policing. In light of this, we must reflect on the fact that good, everyday policing and honest, nuanced media coverage of police stories are vital for our society.
NEWS
July 10, 2016 | By William Bender, Staff Writer
Amid heightened tensions after a fatal sniper attack on police in Dallas, Mayor Kenney on Friday called on all sides to "listen and to be willing to hear one another. " "I ask all Philadelphians not to react in hate, anger, or violence, but instead to grieve with the nation by listening to one another," Kenney said in a statement. But area police officers reacted with outrage to the news from Dallas that five officers had been fatally shot and seven others wounded as protesters marched in response to the killings of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota.
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July 10, 2016 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., For The Inquirer
Editor's note: Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. is a retired Inquirer reporter whose late father was Philadelphia police commissioner from 1952 to 1960. He writes about surviving a shooting 46 years ago when he was a Philadelphia policeman. A street-level ambush. Occasionally I worried about that scenario, but I didn't dwell on it. As a 25-year-old Philadelphia Highway Patrol officer in the summer of 1970, I believed I was indestructible. And on the August night I was nearly shot to death, I learned I was wrong.
NEWS
July 8, 2016
CAMERON STERLING stood next to his mother in Baton Rouge, La., as she spoke of how police had killed his father. The new man of the house, 15 years old, tried to stand strong, but he did what any child would do. He wept. He buried his face in his shirt, and then in someone's chest, and he sobbed: "I want my Daddy. " I had returned from vacation ready to write a column about 16-year-old Asir Brown , gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Grays Ferry on July Fourth weekend. But then I turned to one of the televisions in the newsroom and watched the emotional news conference outside Baton Rouge city hall, and there he was: A young man broken in ways that he's only just beginning to realize.
NEWS
July 7, 2016
Two police vehicles collided Tuesday night as they responded to a shooting in Philadelphia's East Germantown section, authorities said. Just before 9:10 p.m., a 33-year-old man was shot in the right forearm at Chew and East Woodlawn Avenues, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. Police took the victim to Einstein Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. Eight spent shell casings were found at the scene and one bullet hit a parked car. Police nearby heard the gunfire and it was so close that an emergency radio call to "assist officer" was declared, Small said.
NEWS
July 5, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
The Camden County Prosecutor's Office has dismissed 21 more cases involving Camden County Police Officer Douglas Dickinson, who has been accused of misconduct. That brings to 39 the number of cases dropped since last month, when County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo announced that her office had charged Dickinson with falsifying reports and simple assault. Colalillo's office will prosecute Dickinson at the county level, office spokesman Kevin Callahan said last week. The charges against Dickinson stem from two separate incidents and involve misdemeanor disorderly persons offenses.
NEWS
July 3, 2016 | By Olivia Exstrum, Staff Writer
A SEPTA transit police officer caught on a bystander's video throwing a man to the ground June 4 has been investigated and disciplined, but will remain on the force, SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel III said Friday. Matthew Sinkiewicz, who Nestel said has been an officer with the department for about a year, can be seen in the minute-long clip ordering Anthony Barlow to sit down at SEPTA's Frankford Transportation Center. After Barlow verbally declines to sit several times, Sinkiewicz grabs him and forces him to the ground.
NEWS
July 3, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A purse snatcher stole about $600 from a 53-year-old woman in a wheelchair who was doing her laundry in West Philadelphia, police said Friday. About 1:15 p.m. June 24, the male suspect and a female accomplice arrived by car to the laundromat, at 5101 Walnut St., as seen on a surveillance video. After appearing to put money in a laundry machine, the accomplice left the laundromat. The man then snatched the victim's purse and fled back to the car, a light-colored sedan, where the woman was waiting.
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