March 4, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney said Wednesay that he will seek funding for 800 police body cameras and the equipment needed to manage the cameras. In a radio interview Wednesday morning, Kenney spilled the beans on some budget initiatives he plans to announce during his budget address to Council on Thursday. The 800 cameras and equipment will be paid for through the city budget and some grant money. A total budget amount was not immediately available. "This is an important step forward in Philadelphia's police-community relations," Kenney said.
May 2, 2015 |
Hundreds of demonstrators surged through Center City on Thursday evening to angrily denounce police violence, at one point surrounding a squad car, and later grappling in a tense push-and-shove that saw officers ready their batons. Despite the tumult, noise, and moments of high tension - including a rush to reach and take over the Vine Street Expressway - nothing was broken and no one was seriously hurt. Police said they made three or four arrests; two of those arrested were released several hours later, to the cheers of some in the crowd.
April 30, 2015 |
In Philadelphia, police call it a "nickel ride. " In Chicago, police call it a "joyride. " In Baltimore, investigators are exploring whether Freddie Gray may have been fatally injured - his spine nearly severed - when he was subjected to what police there call a "rough ride. " Whatever the name, the practice of throwing prisoners into the back of police wagons, unbelted, and then subjecting them to high-speed stops and starts is an aptly named form of street justice that has been secretly administered for many years in many cities.
December 26, 2014 |
MUSLIMS Mobilized Against Police Brutality, a new organization in Philadelphia, expects hundreds of participants at a march and rally tomorrow in Center City. The event, organized by the Muslim Wellness Foundation, the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative and United Muslim Masjid, will begin at noon at 15th Street and JFK Boulevard. Kameelah Mu'Min Rashad, a coordinator, said the demonstration is designed to address police brutality directed against the black community. "Over the course of the last few weeks, we've been talking pointedly and having discussions about the political and social and legal implications of the events around Ferguson and New York and the psychological trauma evident in the black community as a result," she said.
December 16, 2014 |
It was a quiet victory on a rainy Saturday, the results announced not to a cheering crowd but to a dozen people huddled under a sidewalk awning in North Philadelphia. Rodney Muhammad had been elected the new president of the Philadelphia NAACP, a victory that in past years might have guaranteed public adulation but that now promises mostly hard work. Muhammad, 62, takes over the leadership of a venerable organization torn by internal dissent, assuming local command amid national protest over the police killings of unarmed black men in New York City and Ferguson, Mo. "He's got a big job," said A. Bruce Crawley, a public relations executive who has known Muhammad for more than 20 years.
November 8, 2014 |
A lawyer for a Camden man who was paralyzed during an encounter with police called Friday for authorities to release more video of the incident, repeating claims of police brutality and cover-up made in a suit. The Camden County Police Department has denied the claims, and a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Friday that it stood by statements made in June, after an initial review, that surveillance video did not show excessive force or police misconduct. Xavier Ingram, 21, was paralyzed after he fell while running from officers across Seventh Street near Chestnut Street around 10 p.m. June 12, police said.
September 19, 2014 |
With the 2015 primary still eight months away, Ken Trujillo launched his bid for mayor at a sprinter's pace Wednesday with positions big and small on education, policing, and business development. A former city solicitor under Mayor John F. Street, Trujillo in short order declared he would: Press to end state control of city schools. Establish universal prekindergarten education. Cut the illiteracy rate in half. End racial profiling and stop-and-frisk tactics by police.
June 21, 2012 |
Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Kevin M. Tucker, who took the reins of a troubled Police Department at a low ebb in the 1980s and initiated reforms that still resonate today, died Tuesday after a 22-year battle against a brain tumor. He was two days shy of his 72d birthday. Mr. Tucker grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came to Philadelphia in the 1970s to head the regional field office of the U.S. Secret Service. He had retired from the Secret Service after a 20-year career - including a stint protecting Jacqueline Kennedy and her two children in the 1960s - when Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode asked Tucker in 1986 to take the toughest job in the city - commissioner of the Police Department, which was reeling from the 1985 MOVE debacle and a corruption scandal that had reached the highest ranks.
March 14, 2012
IN A CITY that has seen a surge in homicides in the first months of the year, the news that Mayor Nutter has budgeted for 125 new police officers is certainly good news. (The hirings are mainly to replace the large number of police who have left through the Deferred Retirement Option Plan.) This increase in the force could have an impact not just on the crime rate, though, but on the need for the city to improve the oversight and accountability of the police, especially when it comes to citizen complaints.