April 13, 1998 |
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.
November 23, 1994 |
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.
May 14, 1993 |
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.
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.
February 11, 1990 |
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.
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)
March 7, 1998 |
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.
October 27, 2010 |
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.
November 12, 2012 |
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.
January 18, 1999 |
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.