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January 28, 2008
MR. CROWN believes that the man who lost his life after being shot by the police is the fault of Mr. Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell definitely is at fault for illegally firing his weapon in the air. But how come Mr. Crown doesn't mention anything about an officer blindly emptying his weapon into a crowded house while Mr. Mitchell was fleeing? Is it procedure for a cop to shoot at someone who is fleeing? I understand that cops have a very tough job to do, and it's not popular to criticize the police.
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October 30, 1990 | By Rich Henson, Inquirer Staff Writer
Freshman Tanisha Toney was working backstage, cleaning up after a rap concert at Lincoln University on Saturday night, when she realized an ugly finale of an otherwise peaceful, weeklong homecoming celebration was at hand. "I came up the stairs, and my eyes (started) burning and I was coughing. . . . Then everybody started saying that their eyes and throats hurt," Toney recalled yesterday during an interview on the school's campus in Lower Oxford, Chester County. What Toney and some of the other 2,500 students and guests were reacting to was a substance similiar to tear gas sprayed into the Manuel Rivero Hall gymnasium by university police trying to quell scattered fights and disturbances near the entrance.
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August 28, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 4, 2004 | By Miriam Hill and Tina Moore INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
There were no televised scenes of protesters being beaten in the streets and no fire hoses aimed at people marching, but the question of whether city police violated the rights of protesters at the Republican National Convention in more subtle ways still lingers. The New York Civil Liberties Union is compiling stories from protesters who say they were arrested for no reason, detained for unnecessarily long periods, or held in unsafe conditions. The group is also considering suing the city over police conduct.
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March 20, 1997 | For The Inquirer / BOB WILLIAMS
In Coatesville, pallbearers carry Robert Chadwick Ray's body from Trinity United Bible Church, where about 250 friends and family gathered yesterday. Ray, 27, was fatally shot by a Coatesville police officer last week. Since the shooting, angry residents have questioned police tactics in the community.
NEWS
January 30, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
NEWS
February 12, 1997 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As jury selection continued yesterday in the trial of two men accused of killing Center City jogger Kimberly Ernest, the defense criticized prosecutors, saying they were excluding black men from the jury. Attorney Jack McMahon, who represents defendant Richard Wise, asserted that Assistant District Attorney Judith Frankel Rubino had deliberately struck five black men from the jury because they would be more likely to question police credibility and police tactics - a key defense theme in this case.
NEWS
August 3, 2007
IN MOST cases, a rebuttal to letters is neither necessary nor purposeful. Everyone is entitled to his opinion. But this response is not only for Sgt. King, but also for any other police officer who may have misconstrued the comments concerning the Miller incident. First, I invite the sergeant to review not only my qualifications, which include more than 25 years investigating and consulting with law enforcement, but those of the entire Police Advisory Commission, in any of our recent annual reports.
NEWS
October 21, 1997 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
Former New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton visited Philadelphia yesterday to start his new part-time job by meeting with top Philadelphia police commanders. Mayor Rendell has hired Bratton to review a police deployment study undertaken by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Neal. Deputy Mayor for Communications Kevin Feeley has said Bratton's consultation with the city would be limited in scope and would not be discussed publicly. Feeley said yesterday he did not know how much Bratton would be paid and was unable to get that information or a copy of his contract with the city.
NEWS
April 14, 1998
Philadelphia's new police commissioner has already shown how to import good, new ideas from his last posting in New York City. Now John F. Timoney is demonstrating a sure hand in recognizing homegrown talent to help run his battle-weary, idea-starved department. The commissioner topped off his first 30 days in office last week by promoting three men to deputy police commissioner and creating a new division to oversee the compilation of crime statistics. Selecting these police veterans - who are also "idea people" - for top positions might help the rank-and-file accept the department's new focus on technology and drug-fighting.
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April 30, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
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...
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August 28, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 11, 2013 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
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.
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January 30, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 3, 2007
IN MOST cases, a rebuttal to letters is neither necessary nor purposeful. Everyone is entitled to his opinion. But this response is not only for Sgt. King, but also for any other police officer who may have misconstrued the comments concerning the Miller incident. First, I invite the sergeant to review not only my qualifications, which include more than 25 years investigating and consulting with law enforcement, but those of the entire Police Advisory Commission, in any of our recent annual reports.
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