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April 25, 1986 | By EDWARD MORAN, Daily News Staff Writer
A coalition of 30 civic, religious and political groups this week sounded a public alarm about police brutality, an issue that has not been in the forefront of public debate since department reforms six years ago. The coalition charged there is a "widespread perception in many of our communities . . . that routine abuse and harassment of citizens by the police has been increasing and becoming more violent in recent years. " The standard measure of police abuse - the number of complaints filed by citizens with the department - would appear to contradict the coalition's contention.
NEWS
July 16, 2009 | By ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH, sbarned-smith@phillynews.com 215-854-5926
Considering the size of the crowd that filled South Street Saturday night, police say that things didn't turn out all that bad. But four teenagers charged with assaulting police officers are alleging that they were victims of excessive force. Police said that five officers were injured and 19 revelers were arrested Saturday after thousands of young people swarmed South Street. Cops had bulked up patrols on the street after "flash mobs" appeared on at least two weekends earlier this year.
NEWS
December 23, 2014 | By Jessica Parks and Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Staring into the clear, cold sky Sunday night, Danielle Duncan joined a group of about 30 who lay silent on the street in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, surrounded by hundreds of fellow demonstrators. "I'm kind of flustered," Duncan, 21, said after standing up, her voice catching with emotion. "I feel like we're just not seeing equally. I don't feel like it's the fault of anyone, but we have to adjust to it. " Duncan was one of almost 1,000 people who marched from LOVE Park to the museum in yet another protest over what they perceive to be police brutality and racial tension across the country.
NEWS
February 24, 1988 | By Murray Dubin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police Commissioner Kevin M. Tucker yesterday rejected a call for an independent investigatory panel with Hispanic community membership to look into allegations that police officers used unnecessary force while arresting three North Philadelphia residents - two of them pregnant women - on Feb. 12. Tucker said that he hoped the normal 45-day Internal Affairs Division investigation could be accelerated and end in 30 days. "I left the meeting with mixed feelings," said David Sambolin, an attorney and spokesman for the local chapter of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights.
NEWS
July 21, 2000 | By Christopher Cooper
The videotaped beating of Thomas Jones by Philadelphia police officers is yet another incident that calls attention to the nationwide, systematic problems of police brutality and racially discriminatory policing. I am a former U.S. Marine and police officer who has come under gunfire and confronted many fleeing suspects both armed and unarmed. Regardless of the severity of Jones' alleged actions, his having been set upon by a mob composed of law-enforcement agents indicates cowardice and a lack of professionalism by the officers involved.
NEWS
September 19, 1991 | by Julie Amparano Lopez and Joe O'Dowd, Daily News Staff Writers
AIDS activists lambasted the police commissioner yesterday for appointing a panel to review a department probe of allegations that police brutalized protesters in Center City last week, claiming that its job is merely to cover up the truth. But a member of the panel said that based on TV news footage he's seen, it appears that police used excessive force in quelling a protest by ACT UP, a militant AIDS group. "It looked like a police riot," said Larry Gross, one of the panelists.
NEWS
June 18, 2012 | By Anthony McCartney, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - His beating stunned the nation, left Los Angeles smoldering and helped reshape race relations and police tactics. And in a quavering voice on national television, Rodney King pleaded for peace while the city burned. But peace never quite came for King - not after the fires died down, after two of the officers who broke his skull multiple times were punished, after Los Angeles and its flawed police department moved forward. His life, which ended Sunday at age 47 after he was pulled from the bottom of his swimming pool, was a continual struggle even as the city he helped change moved on. The images - preserved on an infamous grainy video - of the black driver curled up on the ground while four white officers clubbed him - became a national symbol of police brutality in 1991.
NEWS
December 26, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
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.
NEWS
May 9, 1998 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
The city yesterday agreed to pay $325,000 to a brain-damaged North Philadelphia youth to settle a hotly-contested case alleging police brutality. "It certainly doesn't admit any wrongdoing. Frankly, we don't believe there was any," said City Solicitor Stephanie Franklin-Suber. The settlement between the city and Kareem Glass, 18, ended a jury trial that had been in progress before U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno. The city's top lawyer said she agreed to settle the case to avoid a risk of the jury awarding much more to Glass, who had been seeking several million dollars in damages, according to court records.
NEWS
March 22, 1991 | BY CAL THOMAS
The outrage was immediate and the response of government was swift to the widely viewed videotape of the police mini-riot by white Los Angeles Police Department officers against a black suspect they had stopped after a high- speed chase. The amateur photographer's pictures of Rodney King writhing on the ground while being clubbed with police batons and shocked with a stun gun were powerful symbols that the LA district attorney, federal officials and opinion writers, liberal and conservative, could not ignore.
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March 14, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
The head of the Monmouth County, N.J., branch of the SPCA has resigned amid allegations that he sent racist, sexist, and homophobic text messages to employees. Victor "Buddy" Amato is accused of disparaging women, African Americans, Jewish people, and gays in dozens of messages, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Superior Court in Freehold. The lawsuit was filed by Sue DesMarais of Jackson, an animal-cruelty investigator, who says she lost her job when she complained to her superiors about the text messages.
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March 1, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Organizers of a march Saturday to protest the fatal police shooting two months ago of a motorist Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, N.J., said Friday they expect to draw hundreds from all over the region, including the mother of a man killed by Philadelphia police. Among the anticipated protesters is Tanya Dickerson-Brown, mother of Brandon Tate-Brown, who was shot and killed by Philadelphia police the night of Dec. 15, two weeks before Reid's death Dec. 30. Both shootings occurred during traffic stops, and police say each man was reaching for a weapon.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia police officer Kevin Corcoran was sentenced Friday to serve one day in prison on his conviction in the case of alleged false imprisonment of an Iraq war veteran last March. Corcoran, who was suspended and later lost his job, was acquitted at his trial of official oppression and false imprisonment of Air Force veteran Roderick King of Lansdale. He was convicted of obstruction, a second-degree misdemeanor. Jurors found that Corcoran broke the law when he failed to file required paperwork or log that he drove King to an alley before eventually releasing him without charge.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
FORMER Philadelphia Police officer Kevin Corcoran walked into court yesterday facing up two years in prison for a conviction stemming from his undocumented arrest of an Iraqi War veteran in March 2013. But hours later, he walked out - practically a free man - after a judge sentenced him to one day in prison for obstruction of justice. Before sentencing, Common Pleas Judge Robert P. Coleman cited Corcoran's "stellar" career prior to his arrest in the case, saying that given the charges, the recommended sentence of two to 23 months in prison was unfair.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2015
PHILLY-BASED actor Christopher Mann has landed what could be the role of a lifetime - portraying legendary civil-rights activist Cecil B. Moore in Tigre Hill's upcoming film, "American Zealot. " A movie about Moore's life would be timely, given all the buzz around the new movie "Selma" and nationwide protests about police brutality following the untimely deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. "I know he'd have a problem with the way things are," Mann, 50, said of Moore - a Philadelphia lawyer and politician who headed up the local NAACP and led the fight to integrate Girard College.
NEWS
January 12, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two hundred people turned out for a "Pro-Blue Rally" Saturday on Independence Mall, shivering in the cold and cheering as speakers urged the public to appreciate the dangerous work that police do every day. Protesters at recent rallies against perceived police brutality in New York and Ferguson, Mo., "don't speak for America," Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) told the crowd. Noting that 115 police officers died in the line of duty in the United States in 2014 - and that 10 have already been shot this year - Toomey called it a "great day to be standing up for our law enforcement officers" who "protect us day in and day out. " With a theme that "All Lives Matter," the rally was in response to numerous recent demonstrations around the country protesting the deaths of unarmed black men by white police officers.
NEWS
December 29, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Invoking the life and legacy of Muslim activist leader Malcolm X and others, scores of demonstrators are expected at noon Saturday to join a rally organized by the Muslims Mobilized Against Police Brutality. The march, set to begin at LOVE Park, is the latest in weeks of demonstrations sparked by the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, unarmed black men, at the hands of police. Kameelah Rashad, the lead organizer of the event, said the event has particular importance because black Muslims, who have a tradition of activism, can face injustice on multiple fronts.
NEWS
December 26, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
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.
NEWS
December 23, 2014
IF YOU SAY something loudly enough, with just the right amount of conviction, the odds are that people will begin to listen. They might not agree with you, but they'll listen, and then move on. Sometimes, though, there will be people who listen too closely and then, out of a skewed sense of reality or priorities, or simply as a convenient excuse for their own twisted motives, turn your passion and conviction into a criminal act. You will say...
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December 23, 2014 | By Jessica Parks and Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Staring into the clear, cold sky Sunday night, Danielle Duncan joined a group of about 30 who lay silent on the street in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, surrounded by hundreds of fellow demonstrators. "I'm kind of flustered," Duncan, 21, said after standing up, her voice catching with emotion. "I feel like we're just not seeing equally. I don't feel like it's the fault of anyone, but we have to adjust to it. " Duncan was one of almost 1,000 people who marched from LOVE Park to the museum in yet another protest over what they perceive to be police brutality and racial tension across the country.
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