April 27, 1986 |
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....
December 21, 2013 |
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.
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?
July 8, 1998 |
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.
December 31, 1993 |
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.
January 23, 2013 |
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.
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?
April 5, 2005 |
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.
April 3, 2005 |
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.
February 1, 1992 |
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.