July 26, 2014 |
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 9, 2006 |
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.
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?
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)
October 26, 1999 |
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.
June 24, 1999 |
QUOTE "It would have been great to have been shot off into space and never come back, or maybe walk down the hall and suddenly implode, leaving nothing but a pair of smoking high heels. " - Christine Lahti, in USA Today, on being inelegantly written out of "Chicago Hope" It doesn't take much to get Kathie Lee Gifford into a high dudgeon, so imagine how the thin-skinned talk-show star feels about this news: Suzen Johnson, the former airline attendant who had that infamous liaison with Kathie Lee's hubbo, says she's the victim.
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.