July 20, 2016
By Margaret M. Russell In the understandably volatile aftermath of the killings in Baton Rouge, La., Falcon Heights, Minn., and Dallas, the role of citizen-recorded videos has been at the forefront of debates over police tactics. On one hand, civil rights activists know the videos simply make "viral" a level of brutal misconduct that has existed for a long time. On the other, skeptics say the videos are evidence of a piecemeal and potentially misleading nature. In my view, both perspectives are valid, and both are convincing reasons that citizen videos promote justice in potent and irreplaceable ways.
April 30, 2015 |
There's no need to study the Baltimore rioting this week to figure out the cause. The spark was the death of a black man in police custody. But the fuse lit by that spark was the same fuse cited in the 1968 Kerner Commission report, which examined riots in America nearly 50 years ago. "The frustrations of powerlessness have led some Negroes to the conviction that there is no effective alternative to violence as a means of achieving redress of...
August 28, 2014 |
As most people along Gloucester Township's Hampshire Road slept on an early Friday morning, an armored police truck approached the home of a suspected heroin dealer, stopping in the grass just past the driveway. At least eight officers in body armor and black helmets spilled out, with pistols, shotguns, and rifles. One officer emerged from the open hatch of the truck. The vehicle, according to Deputy Chief David Harkins, can withstand .50-caliber rifle rounds. Inside the home, though, police found a tiny arsenal: one pistol.
October 11, 2013 |
HERBERT Spellman gave nearly 20 years of his life to the Philadelphia Police Department, retiring in 2008 after a driver rear-ended his police cruiser, knocking him unconscious and sending him to the emergency room. His body still hurts as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash. But Spellman's pride took a beating more recently. On Sept. 10, walking to a bus stop in West Oak Lane, Spellman found himself on the other side of the police department's controversial stop-and-frisk policy, he said.
January 30, 2012 |
OAKLAND, CALIF. - For weeks the protests had waned, with only a smattering of people taking to Oakland's streets for occasional marches that bore little resemblance to the headline-grabbing Occupy demonstrations of last fall. Then came Saturday, which started peacefully enough - a midday rally at City Hall and a march. But hours later, the scene near the downtown area had dramatically deteriorated: clashes punctuated by rock and bottle throwing by protesters and volleys of tear gas from police, and a City Hall break-in that left glass cases smashed, graffiti spray-painted on walls and an American flag burned.
May 23, 2010
Lawrence Rosenthal a professor of law at Chapman University in California, filed a brief on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in McDonald v. City of Chicago In its 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller , the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a D.C. law banning handguns violated the Second Amendment to the Constitution. The Second Amendment, however, is a limitation only on federal law. Now, in McDonald v. City of Chicago , gun-rights advocates have asked the court to apply the right to bear arms to state and local gun-control laws.
March 6, 2009
Time to make a change. Police have to have their hands on their guns when they stop a car, or are doing anything else. And two police officers in a car at all times. If you kill a cop, or anybody, your life should be taken, too. It's the only way the killings will stop. Moses Cook, Philadelphia
March 5, 2009
The popular will Perhaps Charles Krauthammer should reread both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution to reacquaint himself with the fact that our nation and our system of government were established with the intent that when the people decide that the system no longer works, they (the people) can change it ("Obama seeks a new U.S.," commentary, Monday). The election of Barack Obama is a clear indication that the people believe that change is needed. If the end result is an alteration of our government to one that better serves the people, so be it. Valerie Buickerood Cherry Hill valbic59@msn.
November 7, 2007
IT'S OFFICIAL. Former City Councilman Michael Nutter - the reformist policy wonk with a ferocious work ethic - was elected mayor of Philadelphia yesterday. Nutter, 50, was widely expected to easily wallop weak Republican opponent Al Taubenberger and he did. With 96 percent of the vote counted, Nutter won 82.5 percent of the vote, compared with 17 percent for Taubenberger. Soon Nutter will be packing his boxes for City Hall's room 215. In January he's taking over a city battling a devastating homicide rate, weakened by underfunded schools and facing a looming budget crisis.