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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
October 17, 2015
ISSUE | CRIME AND RACE Stop the violence and police brutality Less-than-thoughtful conversations about crime and policing that lack a racial-justice lens only serve to perpetuate stereotypes of black criminality and enable acts of police criminality ("Race, crime, and police: A closer look," Sunday). When opponents of justice reform and the Black Lives Matter movement raise the specter of "black-on-black" crime, they hope to end discussions of police brutality. They would justify heavy-handed policing and deadly use of force against unarmed black people by claiming that their race is a criminal element.
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
April 30, 2015
BALTIMORE. Ferguson. Detroit. Watts. Harlem. Philadelphia. The through line for the protests sparked in these and other cities, in a history that spans well over 50 years, is not civil rights, or racial tensions. It's police brutality. Questionable arrests, mistreatment or killing of blacks in the past year by police officers in Ferguson, New York and Baltimore were the same sparks that launched the seminal protests of 50 years ago in Detroit, Watts and other places, which fed the larger civil-rights movement.
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
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
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.
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July 19, 2016 | By Steve Bohnel and Jason Laughlin, STAFF WRITERS
Several dozen demonstrators walked six miles on North Broad Street on Sunday night, marching to keep their message that Black Lives Matter in the public eye. "Black Lives Matter just wants justice," said A.J. Jenkins, 21. "We just want equality. We don't hate cops; we hate police brutality. " Jenkins was among about 50 people who walked from Broad Street and Olney Avenue to City Hall, escorted by police, who directed traffic. The protest was part of a national movement seeking to draw attention to police brutality directed toward African Americans, including instances when officers have shot unarmed black men. The march was subdued compared with the heated confrontations between protesters and police in Philadelphia a week ago. When Sunday's demonstrators arrived at City Hall, they sat on the building's steps or talked in small groups.
NEWS
July 13, 2016 | By Jason Nark, Staff Writer
The group that has been leading the fieriest marches into the streets of Philadelphia to rage against police brutality says it was born out of grief and sadness. But don't expect the Philadelphia Coalition for Racial, Economic and Legal (REAL) Justice to start pushing for prayers, tears, and candlelight vigils in the coming weeks as the Democratic National Convention and thousands of cameras and media members come to town. The coalition's members have been arrested, have gone face-to-face with city police, and have confronted former President Bill Clinton.
NEWS
July 12, 2016 | By Steve Bohnel, Staff Writer
For the fifth consecutive night, marchers protesting the deaths of black men by police around the country demonstrated in Philadelphia, this time the Black Lives Matter-inspired group taking to Market Street from West Philadelphia to Penn's Landing on Sunday. Police said about 90 protesters gathered at 40th and Market Streets as darkness fell. They were accompanied by a police motorcade as they chanted and held signs aloft such as "Unite or Die," gaining strength to about 150 by the time they reached Penn's Landing.
NEWS
July 11, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
The call came in to the Cheltenham police station on a rainy night in 2009. A driver had struck an elderly woman along Church Road and then drove off. Frances Gordon died on her 85th birthday. No good tips ever came in. Seven years later, the hit-and-run death remains unsolved. For John Norris, it's cases such as Gordon's death that will haunt him the most. Norris retired at the end of June after a dozen years as Cheltenham's police chief. He cleaned out his office; the walls were stripped bare.
NEWS
July 11, 2016 | Matthew Hennessey, City Journal associate editor
  Thursday night, in Dallas, 12 police officers were gunned down in the heart of the city after what the media have described as a peaceful protest against police brutality. So far, five of the officers have died and seven others are hospitalized. The massacre in Dallas seems like a new front in what Heather Mac Donald has dubbed the war on cops - this time, a shooting war. A group called the Black Power Political Organization has claimed responsibility for the assassinations on Facebook and promised more to come.
NEWS
July 10, 2016 | By Alexandra Villarreal, Staff Writer
In the 1990s, the Peace Train traveled around South Africa to spread a musical message of inclusivity in a country devastated by apartheid. Twenty years later, the group is touring the United States - with a stop in Philadelphia - to counteract racism here. "America was always the country that you looked up to, that was really progressive," said Sharon Katz, the South African-born founder and artistic director of the group, which has a 100-voice choir and a 10-piece band. Now, it "reminds me of the old South Africa, where people felt like they could just say anything.
NEWS
June 7, 2016
YOUR RECENT editorial, " Charter Schools Office rightly exercising its power ," (May 23) demands a response in the interests of fairness. ASPIRA acknowledges the legitimate concerns of the School Reform Commission and the Charter Schools Office in taking all necessary steps to ensure renewed confidence in ASPIRA's business model and practices going forward. But these concerns have no bearing on ASPIRA's success in educating our community's students. Ours is a record of outstanding achievement.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2016 | By Sofiya Ballin and Stephan Salisbury, STAFF WRITERS
It has been a little more than four years since the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., and the resulting bubbling-over of U.S. racial and political tensions for all the world to see. "It was the shot heard around the world," playwright Thomas Soto says. At the time, he and Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj - who was recently appointed guest artistic director for the 49th season of New Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia - were in New York. "We were trying to find ways to [channel]
NEWS
May 3, 2016
I'M WHITE; college educated, grew up in NE Philly, started and sold two businesses, and I'm a Republican. My mother left El Salvador with a seventh-grade education and made sure we learned how to fit in and work hard. My brother graduated from West Point. I've worked all my life since the age of 10. I read Solomon Jones' article - "White liberals can't abandon the issues that impact blacks" - and felt both sad and angry. I rarely read the Daily News. So Republicans are responsible for police brutality in urban environments?
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April 27, 2016 | By Solomon Jones
THE LEVEL of animosity that has developed around this presidential election is troubling, but it is not unexpected. We should have known there would be backlash after the election in 2008 of the first black president. We should have foreseen Republican efforts to benefit from racist resentment of Barack Obama. But I don't think we could have predicted the anger on the left; a resentment born of the idealistic belief that America's conservatism could be reversed in less than a decade.
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