February 8, 2015 |
It could start as a routine encounter: A white officer stops a black teenager. But how the encounter ends can hinge dramatically on split-second decisions by either. Across the region, community leaders, lawyers, and ministers are holding workshops and forums to educate the public, especially young black males, on how to interact with law enforcement. They will teach them what to do - how to act and what to say - if stopped or questioned. They will also teach them their rights. The events, organizers say, are in response to the death last summer of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager shot during a confrontation with a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. The shooting touched off protests around the country and became a defining moment for civil rights and race relations.
February 3, 2015
ISSUE | ABUSE REPORTS Risking PSU repeat? It is noteworthy that Penn State will require employees to report cases of sexual predation to university officials rather than to law enforcement ("PSU panel: Add abuse reports," Jan. 29). This was the original problem: informing only those whose interest in controlling publicity is greater than their interest in pursuing justice. It would be equally interesting to know whether Penn State will penalize employees who report sexual abuse to law enforcement.
February 3, 2015 |
Randolph Sanders was worried - his boss was onto him. He knew Kim Jones, his supervisor at Families and Schools Together, an after-school outreach program, suspected he was misappropriating funds, law enforcement sources said Sunday. He knew that she had scheduled a meeting for that very morning with Department of Human Services officials, the sources said. He was worried she would report him. He was worried that he would lose his job. So, law enforcement sources said, he packed a gun in his duffel bag. He knew her morning routine - that she caught the bus at 12th and Jefferson Streets on her way to work.
January 31, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - State Treasurer Rob McCord said Thursday that he was stepping down after six years in office, as signs emerged that he is under scrutiny by federal authorities. Investigators have been asking about McCord's campaign fund-raising in recent months, according to several sources close to the examination. The focus and extent of the inquiry are unclear. McCord, who submitted his resignation to Gov. Wolf on Thursday morning, did not respond to requests for comment. His spokesman, Gary Tuma, said in a statement that "this is not a matter on which the Treasury Department can comment.
January 17, 2015 |
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., chairing a Philadelphia roundtable on policing issues Thursday, told attendees not to waste the opportunity they had before them. "Too often, we have not approached these problems" - namely issues of trust between police officers and the communities they serve - "with the candor I'm seeking today," he said. Holder was on the fifth stop in a national listening tour in the wake of widespread nationwide protests against the deaths of unarmed African American men at the hands of white police officers in recent months.
January 7, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter looked back on 2014 Monday, touting a drop in Philadelphia's crime rate but also acknowledging the delicate relationship between law enforcement and the community, in a year when, nationwide, tensions have mounted. In a 20-minute news conference that offered a statistical report card of the year, Nutter praised law enforcement and in blunt terms cautioned citizens against provoking police. "If you shoot a police officer . . . they're going to shoot back, it's their job," Nutter said.
January 1, 2015 |
The system failed mass murderer Bradley Stone's victims and everyone who cared about them. Montgomery County law enforcement officials should show more interest in finding out how. Police say that in just 90 minutes on Dec. 15, Stone killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives during a bloody rampage through Souderton, Lansdale, and Lower Salford. He used a handgun to shoot five of the victims and was also armed with an ax, a machete, and knives. The next day, he was found dead of a drug overdose in the woods near his Pennsburg home.
December 31, 2014 |
About a year ago, Philadelphia Police Chaplain Luis Centeno was approached by Stephen McWilliams, who teaches a social documentary film class at Villanova University. McWilliams was initially interested in profiling the chaplain, but as they talked, both began to see a more meaningful project - about a dark secret, one few law enforcement officers are willing to openly talk about. Suicide. The collaboration led to this to the release this fall of BLUE , a 40-minute documentary chronicling the occupational hazards of the job, and a related app to help officers identify and address the signs.