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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.
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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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September 3, 2016 | By Chris Palmer and Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITERS
Mayor Kenney on Thursday condemned a photo of a Philadelphia police officer with an apparent Nazi-style tattoo on his arm, saying the tattoo was "incredibly offensive" and not the sort of message police should be giving the community. The Police Department also said its Internal Affairs unit would review the photo, which began circulating on social media Wednesday night. It showed a bike-patrol officer with a tattoo on his left forearm of an apparent spread-winged eagle resembling a symbol used by the Nazis, and above it the tattooed word Fatherland in Gothic letters.
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October 17, 2015
ISSUE | CRIME AND RACE Stop the violence and police brutality Less-than-thoughtful conversations about crime and policing that lack a racial-justice lens only serve to perpetuate stereotypes of black criminality and enable acts of police criminality ("Race, crime, and police: A closer look," Sunday). When opponents of justice reform and the Black Lives Matter movement raise the specter of "black-on-black" crime, they hope to end discussions of police brutality. They would justify heavy-handed policing and deadly use of force against unarmed black people by claiming that their race is a criminal element.
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July 16, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
The Teary Eyez kiosk at Cherry Hill Mall stood empty Thursday, days after its owner was told by mall management that he could not sell T-shirts with a slogan protesting police violence. Management on Tuesday told Amir Miller, 30, that the shirt, which read "THIS HAS TO STOP" above an image of two police officers attacking a figure cowering on the ground, was "controversial" and needed to be removed. The mall was not open to negotiating, he said, and forced him to take down the shirts immediately.
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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.
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April 16, 2016 | By Tommy Rowan, Staff Writer
As the evening rush of motorists descended upon Center City on Thursday evening, protesters from varying movements joined together for a large-scale "Day of Action" march to bring attention to their many causes. The marchers - including a few hundred activists seeking a national $15-an-hour minimum wage, a halt to a proposed stadium for Temple University, and an end to racial injustice - snaked down North Broad Street all the way to City Hall, where they stopped traffic for more than an hour.
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July 23, 2016 | By Don Sapatkin, Staff Writer
In an afternoon protest outside Hillary Clinton's Center City campaign headquarters, a familiar message - stop police violence against minorities - was delivered by an unexpected messenger: ACT UP. Anyone who lived through the 1980s and '90s remembers how in-your-face AIDS activists around the country forced the government, pharmaceutical companies, and much of America to confront an epidemic that was devastating gay communities. But chapter after chapter gradually closed as early victims of the disease died off and later ones, mostly gay white men, got the new drugs that turned AIDS into a chronic disease from a death sentence.
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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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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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September 3, 2016 | By Chris Palmer and Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITERS
Mayor Kenney on Thursday condemned a photo of a Philadelphia police officer with an apparent Nazi-style tattoo on his arm, saying the tattoo was "incredibly offensive" and not the sort of message police should be giving the community. The Police Department also said its Internal Affairs unit would review the photo, which began circulating on social media Wednesday night. It showed a bike-patrol officer with a tattoo on his left forearm of an apparent spread-winged eagle resembling a symbol used by the Nazis, and above it the tattooed word Fatherland in Gothic letters.
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July 23, 2016 | By Don Sapatkin, Staff Writer
In an afternoon protest outside Hillary Clinton's Center City campaign headquarters, a familiar message - stop police violence against minorities - was delivered by an unexpected messenger: ACT UP. Anyone who lived through the 1980s and '90s remembers how in-your-face AIDS activists around the country forced the government, pharmaceutical companies, and much of America to confront an epidemic that was devastating gay communities. But chapter after chapter gradually closed as early victims of the disease died off and later ones, mostly gay white men, got the new drugs that turned AIDS into a chronic disease from a death sentence.
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July 16, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
The Teary Eyez kiosk at Cherry Hill Mall stood empty Thursday, days after its owner was told by mall management that he could not sell T-shirts with a slogan protesting police violence. Management on Tuesday told Amir Miller, 30, that the shirt, which read "THIS HAS TO STOP" above an image of two police officers attacking a figure cowering on the ground, was "controversial" and needed to be removed. The mall was not open to negotiating, he said, and forced him to take down the shirts immediately.
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July 11, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Jason Nark, and Erin Serpico, STAFF WRITERS
ECHOING SIMILAR Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Atlanta, Washington, and New York, activists in Philadelphia marched Friday night to protest police violence despite Thursday night's deadly sniper attack at a similar protest in Dallas. The first of several demonstrations in the Philadelphia area started small, with a couple dozen people heading south on Broad Street from Erie Avenue toward Center City. They expressed outrage over the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile near St. Paul., Minn.
NEWS
July 11, 2016
Todd A. Cox is the director of criminal justice policy at the Center for American Progress ( www.americanprogress.org ) Danyelle Solomon is the director of Progress 2050 at the center Multiple shots fired point-blank into a man outside a convenience store, pinned down on the ground by two officers. Multiple shots fired into a car pulled over for a broken taillight, while a 4-year-old child sits in the backseat. One day later, the country woke up to yet another devastating act of gun violence: the deplorable assassination of law enforcement officers in Dallas as Black Lives Matter protesters peacefully marched the streets against police violence.
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June 17, 2016
By Ted Martin The facts are still rolling in about the horrific mass shooting in Orlando, and, as they do, each one is more troubling than the last. I can't imagine how the families and friends of the victims must feel. Even without knowing a victim personally, I am numb and deeply saddened. I'm remembering many nights out with some friends to blow off some steam and enjoy a weekend - and imagining how terrifying it would have been to end up in a massacre of this magnitude. However, I would be lying if I failed to note that I didn't always feel safe being myself in a public place.
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April 16, 2016 | By Tommy Rowan, Staff Writer
As the evening rush of motorists descended upon Center City on Thursday evening, protesters from varying movements joined together for a large-scale "Day of Action" march to bring attention to their many causes. The marchers - including a few hundred activists seeking a national $15-an-hour minimum wage, a halt to a proposed stadium for Temple University, and an end to racial injustice - snaked down North Broad Street all the way to City Hall, where they stopped traffic for more than an hour.
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April 9, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia jury will continue deliberating Friday in the trial of a former Philadelphia police officer accused of hurling racial epithets and threatening to kill an African American man during a predawn traffic mishap in South Philadelphia. The Common Pleas Court jury of nine women and three men - including three African Americans - reviewed the evidence for about three hours Thursday before breaking in the trial of Edward Sawicki III. Sawicki, 36, a police officer for almost nine years, the son of a city police officer and nephew of another, is charged with simple assault, terroristic threats, and a weapons count, in an Oct. 20, 2013, altercation with Lamar Fouse, 39. The incident happened about 2:45 a.m. at Ninth and Wharton Streets, one of South Philly's iconic intersections, the site of Geno's and Pat's cheesesteak shops.
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January 17, 2016
It's Oscar catch-up time - time to see all the movies you didn't get to when they came out that now are angling for wins in the best picture race. Two of the eight just-nominated Academy Award contenders are (or are about to be) available for home viewing, while Inside Out leads the best animated feature lineup and Straight Outta Compton landed a much-deserved screenplay nod. You have six weeks to do your homework. Go! Inside Out Walt Disney, Blu-ray $39.99, DVD $29.99 The central characters in Pixar's propulsively inventive animated adventure aren't talking toys, or cars.
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