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April 13, 1998 | By Blair Clarkson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
If no one ever calls the Community Awareness Hot Line, Arnelia Hollinger won't mind. "We're not sitting around waiting for the phone to ring," said Hollinger, chairwoman of the Community Awareness committee, which was formed in March 1997 after complaints of police harassment from minority residents. "We're trying to make sure there are no reasons to call. " As part of its effort, the committee - composed of minority residents, clergy and students, and police officers and township officials - has organized a three-day diversity training course for the 47 members of the Police Department.
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November 23, 1994 | By Rosalee Polk Rhodes, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Arthur A. Galloway remembers the incident well. It happened on Nov. 5 when a Woodbury police officer came to his home in the 200 block of Emerson Street, looking for Galloway's grandson. The frail, elderly man said last night that he slowly made his way to the door, only to find that the officer had already entered his sun porch. Without a search warrant, Galloway said, the officer entered his home and walked to the dining room, awakening his sickly wife Ethel, 79, in the process.
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May 14, 1993 | By Kathi Kauffman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Ardmore residents are angered by a report that a Lower Merion police officer pulled a gun and handcuffed the pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church after stopping him for a minor traffic violation. The incident has mobilized black leaders along the Main Line, and Wednesday night Mount Calvary Church was packed with local ministers and residents who called it the latest example of a long history of harassment by Lower Merion and other suburban police departments. "All across the Main Line, many of our parishioners have told us that they, too, have been victims of police harassment, abuse and intimidation," the Rev. James Myles, president of the Main Line Black Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, said yesterday.
NEWS
February 16, 2016
"OK ladies now let's get in formation . . . " And with that, Beyonce's controversial performance at Super Bowl 50 outside San Francisco was underway as she and her backup dancers marched onto the field at halftime in black leather jackets and ankle boots. The dancers had black berets pulled down over billowy afros, a signature look of the Black Panthers, as they, well, stood in formation. Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson was on the other side of the country in New York City wrapping up after a sold-out screening of his powerful, new film, "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.
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February 11, 1990 | By Tom Linafelt, Special to The Inquirer
West Chester civil rights leaders and police officials have agreed to hold periodic meetings to discuss complaints about police harassment and the tactics used in the borough's war on drugs. The agreement came after a heated meeting where about a dozen residents questioned police leaders about police conduct and the department's internal investigation process. Dr. W.T.M. Johnson, president of the United Political Action Committee of Chester County, said police harassment of blacks on borough street corners was common but unconstitutional.
NEWS
August 23, 2000
It's easy to shrug off the treatment of a nephew in Los Angeles and say Mayor Street is making too much of it (after all, the cops never did ticket Shawn Fordham), but it must have been exasperating at the time. And the humiliation of being dissed like that, for anyone, let alone someone as thin-skinned as His Honor, has a way of lingering. We're sure the younger John Street, as an outspoken young African-American, was no stranger to police harassment, but now that he's "made it" (the day before, he had been an honored guest of L.A.'s mayor)
NEWS
March 7, 1998 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Rayford A. Means yesterday took the unusual step of suing Tredyffrin Township and one of its police officers for alleged racially motivated police harassment. The judge filed the lawsuit in federal court in Philadelphia and is seeking unspecified damages from the township, Police Officer James Konieczny and Police Chief Paul J. Pennypacker. Neither Pennypacker nor Konieczny could be reached for comment. Means, who is black, contends that a car he was driving was stopped on March 8, 1996, by Konieczny for a moving violation.
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October 27, 2010 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Philadelphia family accused police of brutality during a search of their home Tuesday night for a shooting suspect. Family members said Tanya Yates, 26, a teaching assistant at Edward Heston Elementary School, was punched and beaten with batons as police entered the house searching for her brother, Odell Balmer, 30, who fit the description of a shooting suspect. Yates was in police custody at Mercy Hospital in West Philadelphia, said Evan Hughes, a lawyer. She had not been charged as of late Tuesday night.
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November 12, 2012 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe it was the broken bumper on Isaac Reyes' 2000 Mitsubishi that caught the eye of Norristown police. Maybe it was when he rolled through a yellow light as it changed to red. Either way, the 25-year-old tattoo artist with a silver ring in his nose and ball studs in his brow was pulled over a year ago. Lacking both license and registration, he showed his Honduran passport. The officer shook her head, wrote him up, and made a telephone call, said Reyes. Her partner stayed with him and seemed sympathetic.
NEWS
January 18, 1999 | By William O'Brien
Tomorrow, the day after the nation celebrates one of its greatest advocates of civil rights, the city of Philadelphia will begin systematically violating the civil rights of persons who are homeless on the streets. Under terms of the controversial Sidewalk Behavior Ordinance, all homeless persons on the streets will be subject to possible citations and arrest - unless they can avoid ever lying down in public or sitting down for too long. Philadelphia thus officially joins cities across the country that have legislatively defined homelessness as a police issue.
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February 16, 2016
"OK ladies now let's get in formation . . . " And with that, Beyonce's controversial performance at Super Bowl 50 outside San Francisco was underway as she and her backup dancers marched onto the field at halftime in black leather jackets and ankle boots. The dancers had black berets pulled down over billowy afros, a signature look of the Black Panthers, as they, well, stood in formation. Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson was on the other side of the country in New York City wrapping up after a sold-out screening of his powerful, new film, "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.
NEWS
January 25, 2016
John I. Williams Jr. is the president of Muhlenberg College in Allentown In recent months, students at colleges across the country and throughout Pennsylvania have been expressing their outrage and impatience regarding racism and the underlying issue of an inequitable distribution of power. In November, students at Penn, Temple, and Drexel took part in protests, and, as students return to campuses this semester, we can expect the conversations to continue. This seismic activity has resulted from the convergence of two tectonic plates: The Black Lives Matter movement, which has arisen from the fatal shootings by white police officers of several unarmed black males, including Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The frustration felt by students of color because, despite decades of effort, full equity remains out of reach for too many people of color.
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July 26, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 2011 memo from Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey hasn't stopped Philadelphia police officers from intimidating and arresting people who try to record them, the ACLU says. So the organization is hoping a little dose of public shaming will. It launched a social-media campaign Thursday urging city residents to tweet their stories of police harassment for recording law enforcement activity with the hashtag #PACopWatch. The group's efforts coincided with the filing of the organization's fourth federal lawsuit on behalf of a city resident arrested on what it described as questionable grounds.
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November 12, 2012 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe it was the broken bumper on Isaac Reyes' 2000 Mitsubishi that caught the eye of Norristown police. Maybe it was when he rolled through a yellow light as it changed to red. Either way, the 25-year-old tattoo artist with a silver ring in his nose and ball studs in his brow was pulled over a year ago. Lacking both license and registration, he showed his Honduran passport. The officer shook her head, wrote him up, and made a telephone call, said Reyes. Her partner stayed with him and seemed sympathetic.
NEWS
October 27, 2010 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Philadelphia family accused police of brutality during a search of their home Tuesday night for a shooting suspect. Family members said Tanya Yates, 26, a teaching assistant at Edward Heston Elementary School, was punched and beaten with batons as police entered the house searching for her brother, Odell Balmer, 30, who fit the description of a shooting suspect. Yates was in police custody at Mercy Hospital in West Philadelphia, said Evan Hughes, a lawyer. She had not been charged as of late Tuesday night.
NEWS
June 19, 2008
RE YOUR June 17 article on the police raid on a home in the Francisville neighborhood, near where I live: The police in this town have a plethora of problems, so when you are living illegally, you've got to be careful. Political activists seem to align themselves with the minority residents of neighborhoods undergoing gentrification, but the relationship is not always mutual. Older minority residents often prefer "yuppie" neighbors who renovate their homes rather than those with a "home" that after three years still looks like an abandoned building.
NEWS
April 9, 2006 | By Frank Kummer and Melanie Burney INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A Camden vice principal convicted three times of drunken driving - including one arrest outside a strip club - was told Friday by a judge that he must live with a recent 20-year suspension of his license, at least for now. Albert B. Campbell of U.S. Wiggins Elementary School had asked Superior Court Judge William J. Cook to delay the license suspension while he appeals his latest two convictions and six-month jail sentence. One of Campbell's convictions was for driving drunk within 1,000 feet of a school zone.
NEWS
February 15, 2003
The New Jersey Attorney General's new investigation into alleged police harassment, sexism and racism is cloaked in unpleasant memories. Remember the report three years ago calling for just such an investigation? Remember the trooper who committed suicide last fall after trying to fight back against harassment? Lots of questions surround the state police. But the most important may be why, after years of allegations, are these old memories being revived by freshly created ones?
NEWS
August 23, 2000
It's easy to shrug off the treatment of a nephew in Los Angeles and say Mayor Street is making too much of it (after all, the cops never did ticket Shawn Fordham), but it must have been exasperating at the time. And the humiliation of being dissed like that, for anyone, let alone someone as thin-skinned as His Honor, has a way of lingering. We're sure the younger John Street, as an outspoken young African-American, was no stranger to police harassment, but now that he's "made it" (the day before, he had been an honored guest of L.A.'s mayor)
NEWS
October 26, 1999 | By Jennifer Moroz, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Adding to complaints that she filed with the Township Committee nearly three months ago, a Police Department clerk who says she was sexually harassed for more than a year by the police chief has launched a civil lawsuit in Gloucester County Superior Court. The suit, filed Oct. 6, alleges that William Bourdon subjected Marlene Langan, 37, of Turnersville, to "unwanted physical advances," "comments regarding [her] anatomy," "unwelcome flirtation and explicit sexual comments and propositions," and "graphic pornography.
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