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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....
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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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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?
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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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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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January 23, 2013 | By Maggie Michael and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press
CAIRO - An Egyptian rights group on Tuesday accused the country's police of "acting like a gang," torturing detainees and continuing to use violence to impose control while the country's president flounders at efforts to reform the powerful security apparatus. The report released by the Egyptian Initiative For Personal Rights documented 16 cases of police violence in which 11 people were killed and 10 tortured inside police stations. Three died under torture during the first four months since President Mohammed Morsi took office on June 30, it said.
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June 28, 1993
SHOOTING OF 2 COPS STIRS BITTERNESS OVER CONTRACT, REVIEW BOARD Re the shooting of police officers Robert Hayes and John Marynowitz June 16: Where is the public outcry about this dreadful act? What do the liberals and bleeding hearts have to say? Officer Hayes is dead, Officer Marynowitz is on life support, and if he survives, what kind of life will he have to look forward to? I saw Mayor Rendell on television, and he was very emotional and crying. Why the tears? Was it for the officers and their families or was his conscience bothering him over the police contract?
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April 5, 2005 | By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
This piece originally appeared in early editions of Sunday's Inquirer. We reprint it here so that it can reach a wider audience. The defining moment for me in the O.J. Simpson trial was not Simpson's acquittal and the firestorm it ignited nationally. It was a note I got from an associate in Johnnie Cochran's law firm. He said that Johnnie wanted me to know he admired my comments in the case. I was one of the legion of talking-head analysts during the trial, and like many of the other analysts, I was skeptical, even critical, of some of Cochran's legal maneuvers.
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April 3, 2005 | By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
The defining moment for me in the O.J. Simpson trial was not Simpson's acquittal and the firestorm it ignited nationally. It was a note I got from an associate in Johnnie Cochran's law firm. He said that Johnnie wanted me to know he admired my comments in the case. I was one of the legion of talking-head analysts during the trial, and like many of the other analysts, I was skeptical, even critical, of some of Cochran's legal maneuvers. I thought he badly overplayed the race card in the case, and deliberately played to the anti-police sentiments of some of the black jurors.
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February 1, 1992 | by Anthony S. Twyman, Daily News Staff Writer
Ulrich Clarke, 26, says he was getting into his car last Tuesday night when police drove up and asked him, "Whose car is that?" The rest of the story, Clarke says, has been causing him nightmares ever since. Clarke, a delicatessen owner and tax consultant, says he was roughed up by two black police officers who called him a "Jamaican drug dealer" and a thief when he attempted to unlock his car, which was parked in front of his home on 60th Street near Lansdowne Avenue in West Philadelphia.
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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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January 23, 2013 | By Maggie Michael and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press
CAIRO - An Egyptian rights group on Tuesday accused the country's police of "acting like a gang," torturing detainees and continuing to use violence to impose control while the country's president flounders at efforts to reform the powerful security apparatus. The report released by the Egyptian Initiative For Personal Rights documented 16 cases of police violence in which 11 people were killed and 10 tortured inside police stations. Three died under torture during the first four months since President Mohammed Morsi took office on June 30, it said.
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September 20, 2010 | By Kia Gregory, Inquirer Staff Writer
A crowd of about 100 residents demonstrated in West Philadelphia on Friday against police violence, demanding justice for a man they said was severely beaten by officers earlier this month. "Who runs these streets?" a man shouted over a bullhorn, standing outside the Lucky Garden Chinese takeout restaurant at Lansdowne Avenue and Allison Street, where the incident took place. "Not the police!" the demonstrators responded in unison. Some wore T-shirts emblazoned with the likeness of Askia Sabur, square-jawed, with long dreadlocks, whose altercation with police and subsequent arrest were videotaped and posted on YouTube.
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June 1, 2007 | By Joseph A. Gambardello INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Police Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating a complaint that officers roughed up five females and a young man when a road stop in West Philadelphia last week turned into confrontation. Supporters, including the local branch of the NAACP, said the assaults were unprovoked. The officers said they had been attacked and charged the six - members of two families - with a string of offenses, including aggravated assault, riot and resisting arrest. The incident was the subject of a meeting Wednesday night at St. Jude Baptist Church that was attended by residents, police brass and NAACP officials.
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April 5, 2005 | By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
This piece originally appeared in early editions of Sunday's Inquirer. We reprint it here so that it can reach a wider audience. The defining moment for me in the O.J. Simpson trial was not Simpson's acquittal and the firestorm it ignited nationally. It was a note I got from an associate in Johnnie Cochran's law firm. He said that Johnnie wanted me to know he admired my comments in the case. I was one of the legion of talking-head analysts during the trial, and like many of the other analysts, I was skeptical, even critical, of some of Cochran's legal maneuvers.
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April 3, 2005 | By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
The defining moment for me in the O.J. Simpson trial was not Simpson's acquittal and the firestorm it ignited nationally. It was a note I got from an associate in Johnnie Cochran's law firm. He said that Johnnie wanted me to know he admired my comments in the case. I was one of the legion of talking-head analysts during the trial, and like many of the other analysts, I was skeptical, even critical, of some of Cochran's legal maneuvers. I thought he badly overplayed the race card in the case, and deliberately played to the anti-police sentiments of some of the black jurors.
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February 18, 2004 | By Edward Colimore INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Outside the National Guard Armory at Fort Dix, 180 soldiers in desert uniforms stood in neat formations, chanting and cheering in unison as they waited to file into the building for a farewell ceremony. During many weeks of military police training in preparation for deployment to Iraq, they had learned to anticipate one another, to move as one. "These guys are now my family," Sgt. First Class Mark Rizzo, 36, of Pitman, said yesterday as he faced his troops. "They're my family until the government says my work is done and I can go home.
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March 28, 2001 | by Nicole Weisensee Egan and Mark McDonald Daily News Staff Writers
Once again, Philadelphia is facing another police scandal. This time, the issue is whether two police commanders were treated too leniently by Police Commissioner John Timoney, who suspended them after one had been involved in a drunken-driving accident and the other helped cover it up. Now, people are asking - can the police police themselves? It's a question that law enforcement experts have been grappling with for decades, and one that doesn't have a simple answer.
NEWS
July 25, 2000
Racism's intertwined with police violence One cannot separate police brutality from deep-rooted racism in the United States. Refusal to deal with the root questions, cover-ups or pleas for understanding for these acts of terror by calling them "incidents" exacerbates the violence. Elected officials who remain silent, media who give credence to those whose hatred exceeds any norms of humanity are all responsible for abetting racist attacks. As a white Philadelphian, I have been asking other white people how they see the attack on Thomas Jones.
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July 14, 2000 | By Thomas Ginsberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
From the White House to the campaign trail, from protesters to Republican conventioneers, reactions yesterday to the grainy images of Philadelphia police pummeling a black man ranged from fear and shock to sympathy, support, and pleas to await all the facts. President Clinton spoke with Mayor Street by phone. He later said Street was "a strong man, and a good man, and I think he will do what is right. " Texas Gov. George W. Bush, campaigning in Pittsburgh, said, that "obviously, we've got to take these things very seriously," but he added that more information was needed before conclusions were drawn.
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