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May 2, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Aubrey Whelan, and Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Hundreds of demonstrators surged through Center City on Thursday evening to angrily denounce police violence, at one point surrounding a squad car, and later grappling in a tense push-and-shove that saw officers ready their batons. Despite the tumult, noise, and moments of high tension - including a rush to reach and take over the Vine Street Expressway - nothing was broken and no one was seriously hurt. Police said they made three or four arrests; two of those arrested were released several hours later, to the cheers of some in the crowd.
NEWS
April 27, 1986 | By Christopher Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last week, a group calling itself the Coalition for Police Accountability offered a chilling view of the Philadelphia Police Department. "There is a widespread perception in many of our communities and among many agencies and individuals who deal with complaints of police abuse," said the group's report on the department, "that routine abuse and harassment of citizens by police has been increasing and becoming more violent in recent years....
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite ongoing efforts, it has been hard finding minority men and women to join the Philadelphia police force, Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Wednesday. Ramsey said he thinks that is partly due to the instances of police violence widely reported around the country. "In the current environment we're in, policing is not all that positive. Not a day goes by you don't see something negative," Ramsey said during a City Council budget hearing on public safety. "That has an impact on young people.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Organizers expect a "Philly is Baltimore" protest to draw at least 1,000 people to City Hall on Thursday. The goal, said Deandra Jefferson, a Temple University student and leader of the Philadelphia Coalition for Racial, Economic, and Legal (REAL) Justice, is to support protesters in Baltimore and speak out against police violence. "Under the right conditions, Philadelphia could be a Baltimore," Jefferson said. "It's something we need to talk about. It's not just a Baltimore issue.
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February 27, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Journalist Linn Washington opened a panel discussion Wednesday evening at Community College of Philadelphia on the 1985 MOVE bombing with a simple question. "How many of you were living in '85?" he asked the nearly 100 people in the audience. About half raised their hands. May 13 will mark the 30th anniversary of the confrontation between MOVE and Philadelphia police that left 11 people dead, including five children. Michael Boyette, a panelist and coauthor of "Let It Burn!"
NEWS
July 14, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A time of trial. A time of triumph. And both are now, as African Americans and the nation continue to grapple with the "insidious disease" of racism. That was the message from Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, speaking to thousands of its members gathered in Philadelphia for the group's 106th convention. "The normal state of affairs in America is unacceptable," she said Sunday evening at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
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April 19, 1986
Claude Lewis' March 24 column, "South Africa shows some positive signs," demonstrates a hopeless ignorance of the struggle of South African blacks. Mr. Lewis says, "Injustice still reigns in South Africa but there is a little less of it. " He adds that "it would be a mistake to constantly harp on problems and not recognize the change in people" and "the tide of change is slowly sweeping the land. " I hardly think a "tide of change" is evident to the 22 children and elderly people gunned down by police at Winterveld, South Africa, on March 26. Would the parents of the two infants stabbed to death on that date think we are harping too much on problems of violence?
NEWS
July 8, 1998 | By Yochi Dreazen, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Aggressive policing, credited with helping reduce crime to historic lows across the country, has a grim underbelly - widespread increases in police violence, much of it targeted at ethnic and racial minorities, a new report from one of the nation's largest human rights organizations charged yesterday. The Human Rights Watch report, which examines police behavior in 14 cities, including Philadelphia, accuses federal and local governments of ignoring chronic cases of police brutality.
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July 21, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
WEARING A T-SHIRT emblazoned with the words "Black Lives Matter," the Rev. Mark Tyler wiped his brow at the pulpit, waiting as a few parishioners walked out of Mother Bethel AME church's air-conditioned basement chapel into the steaming summer air. After church services ended yesterday, about 100 who remained settled back into their seats to hear about Sandra Bland, a Chicago-area AME churchgoer who died in a Texas county jail cell July 12. ...
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December 31, 1993 | by Kathy Brennan, Daily News Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Police Department has launched a pilot program of videotaping routine traffic stops and arrests, Police Commissioner Richard Neal announced yesterday. The privately funded test program is starting out with only two cameras, attached to patrol cars on I-95 and the Schuylkill Expressway, Neal said. Neal also said the police officers will decide what to videotape and when to turn on the camera. The police will wear microphones, he said. Theoretically, the videotapes can be used to record violence against the police, as well as police violence against suspects, Neal said.
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July 21, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
WEARING A T-SHIRT emblazoned with the words "Black Lives Matter," the Rev. Mark Tyler wiped his brow at the pulpit, waiting as a few parishioners walked out of Mother Bethel AME church's air-conditioned basement chapel into the steaming summer air. After church services ended yesterday, about 100 who remained settled back into their seats to hear about Sandra Bland, a Chicago-area AME churchgoer who died in a Texas county jail cell July 12. ...
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July 14, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A time of trial. A time of triumph. And both are now, as African Americans and the nation continue to grapple with the "insidious disease" of racism. That was the message from Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, speaking to thousands of its members gathered in Philadelphia for the group's 106th convention. "The normal state of affairs in America is unacceptable," she said Sunday evening at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
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May 24, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four protesters were charged with assaulting Philadelphia police officers after a peaceful vigil Thursday night on Temple University's campus became violent. The vigil, organizers said, was held at Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue to honor black women and children who were victims of police violence. But when the crowd saw SEPTA police arrest a man at Broad and Oxford Streets for an unrelated offense about 9:50 p.m., an altercation ensued. Chananiah Maxwell, 23, of Upper Darby, was charged with aggravated assault.
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May 2, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Aubrey Whelan, and Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Hundreds of demonstrators surged through Center City on Thursday evening to angrily denounce police violence, at one point surrounding a squad car, and later grappling in a tense push-and-shove that saw officers ready their batons. Despite the tumult, noise, and moments of high tension - including a rush to reach and take over the Vine Street Expressway - nothing was broken and no one was seriously hurt. Police said they made three or four arrests; two of those arrested were released several hours later, to the cheers of some in the crowd.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Organizers expect a "Philly is Baltimore" protest to draw at least 1,000 people to City Hall on Thursday. The goal, said Deandra Jefferson, a Temple University student and leader of the Philadelphia Coalition for Racial, Economic, and Legal (REAL) Justice, is to support protesters in Baltimore and speak out against police violence. "Under the right conditions, Philadelphia could be a Baltimore," Jefferson said. "It's something we need to talk about. It's not just a Baltimore issue.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite ongoing efforts, it has been hard finding minority men and women to join the Philadelphia police force, Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Wednesday. Ramsey said he thinks that is partly due to the instances of police violence widely reported around the country. "In the current environment we're in, policing is not all that positive. Not a day goes by you don't see something negative," Ramsey said during a City Council budget hearing on public safety. "That has an impact on young people.
NEWS
February 27, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Journalist Linn Washington opened a panel discussion Wednesday evening at Community College of Philadelphia on the 1985 MOVE bombing with a simple question. "How many of you were living in '85?" he asked the nearly 100 people in the audience. About half raised their hands. May 13 will mark the 30th anniversary of the confrontation between MOVE and Philadelphia police that left 11 people dead, including five children. Michael Boyette, a panelist and coauthor of "Let It Burn!"
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | By Will Bunch, Daily News Columnist
HE WAS A 43-year-old married father of six. His alleged crime: selling "loose," untaxed cigarettes on a Staten Island street corner. He was tackled by a gaggle of police officers, including one who subdued him for agonizing seconds with a chokehold, a move that the New York Police Department had outlawed because of its propensity for causing severe injury and death. The entire encounter was captured clearly on video. After Eric Garner did indeed perish in the takedown, a medical examiner classified his death a homicide.
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December 3, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
First of two parts 'Nothing should be normal or everyday about accepting all this," says Ferguson, Mo., Democratic committeewoman Patricia Bynes. "Social media has helped ensure the images and agony stay fresh in people's minds. " Ferguson stays fresh. On Sunday, members of the St. Louis Rams did a pregame salute in protest of what they saw as police violence in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown. That angered the St. Louis Police Association, which called on the National Football League to punish the players.
NEWS
December 21, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Beginning next year, Philadelphia detectives must video-record interrogations in all homicide cases and end a long-standing practice of holding suspects for long stretches even when no charges are filed. That change and a host of others announced Thursday by Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey came at the urging of defense lawyers who had complained that their clients had been mistreated. Ramsey's decision was a dramatic one for a department once notorious for its abusive treatment of suspects, particularly in murder cases.
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