April 30, 2015 |
THE MOTHER of a man killed by police during a December car stop in Frankford filed a class-action lawsuit today on behalf of all citizens abused by Philadelphia police. The lawsuit, filed by Tanya Brown-Dickerson, mother of Brandon Tate-Brown, asks a judge to order the reforms recommended in a recent federal Justice Department report and appoint an administrator to ensure compliance. The Justice Department report, released last month, found that police had shot, on average, 49 people a year since 2007.
April 24, 2015 |
Following a meeting with Justice Department officials Wednesday, Comcast Corp. attorneys met with the Federal Communications Commission to discuss the company's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. The Wall Street Journal reported late Wednesday that the FCC might seek a hearing before an administrative law judge over the Comcast-Time Warner deal's public benefits, which would be a setback to the transaction. Comcast would neither confirm nor deny the report.
April 19, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter on Friday named a diverse group of 24 people to oversee the implementation of the 91 recommendations made last month in a U.S. Department of Justice report that found that Philadelphia police used lethal force too often. The newly created Police Community Oversight Board will also work on implementing the broader recommendations made in President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing report, which made similar suggestions. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey chaired the task force.
April 19, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Comcast critics cautiously cheered Friday after a report that federal antitrust lawyers may soon recommend blocking the Philadelphia company's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. Justice Department staffers are nearing a recommendation to oppose the $45 billion deal that would combine the nation's largest and second-largest cable and Internet companies, Bloomberg News reported, citing unnamed sources familiar with the antitrust review. But a Comcast spokeswoman said "there is no basis for a lawsuit to block the transaction," which the company says will not reduce competition.
April 16, 2015
ISSUE | SEN. MENENDEZ Friendship matters In its rush to judgment about the indictment of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), The Inquirer took mocking aim at one of the key legal issues and missed the mark ("Friendship and corruption," April 3). Despite the editors' skepticism, the difference between friendship and corruption will make all the difference. The senator says that he and Dr. Salomon Melgen have had a 20-year friendship, attending family events, vacationing, and doing what good friends do. The Justice Department's Public Integrity Section has charged Melgen with bribing the senator.
March 25, 2015 |
IN A CITY FAMOUS for police brutality and corruption, where officers shoot about 49 people a year, the Philadelphia Police Department has a long way to go to reduce its use of deadly force and rebuild the community's broken trust, according to a federal Justice Department report issued yesterday. The department's office of Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, spent a year assessing Philly's use of force, identifying 48 issues and making 91 recommendations for reform. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey asked for the review in 2013 after a Philly.com report found police-involved shootings skyrocketing here, even as violent crimes and assaults against police dropped.
March 7, 2015 |
Officials of the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday they were postponing the release of their review of the use of deadly force by Philadelphia police. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office said the review would be released at a later date. No reason was given for the delay. The postponement comes as police investigate the shooting death on Thursday of Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III during a holdup at a video game store in the Swampoodle section of the city.
February 26, 2015
ISSUE | CITY HALL BUG J'accuse, Sam Katz Michael Smerconish's column on Sunday contained an extraordinary accusation by former mayoral candidate Sam Katz that I knew I was lying when I criticized the Justice Department for playing politics regarding the bug placed in the office of then-Mayor John F. Street ("No regrets on Street tactice," Feb. 22). Well, Katz is wrong, and here is why: Shortly after the bug was discovered, the spokeswoman for the Justice Department in Philadelphia stated on the record that the department would have no comment whatsoever about who placed the bug. Except, she added, it wasn't the Katz campaign.
December 22, 2014 |
In 1984, Diane DeBarri, a Bucks County native, was convicted of federal drug charges and sentenced to 90 days in prison. Since then, she has more than turned her life around, rising to be chief executive officer and chairman of the Kintock Group, a nonprofit that runs halfway houses and counseling programs in Philadelphia and New Jersey and employs 300 people. But she was haunted by the conviction. "I think I wanted some closure in my life," said DeBarri, 61, of Fairless Hills.
December 12, 2014 |
REGARDING the Dec. 5 editorial that touched on the stop-and-frisk policy in Philadelphia, there were several points that require clarification. First, stop-and-frisk policies, like the one used in Philadelphia, were upheld in 1968 by the U.S. Supreme Court, in Terry v. Ohio. Not only was the practice ruled constitutional, but the provisions of Terry have been further expanded in subsequent years. Second, the editorial mentions the 2011 case that the ACLU brought against the city, Bailey v. City of Philadelphia.