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April 15, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
After school let out Monday, the first day of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments, a half-dozen people - students, parents, and grandparents - picketed outside the Olney Transportation Center to protest the standardized tests. Standing on the medians at Broad Street and Olney Avenue, they held signs that read, "No PSSA for Me," and, "I Am Not a Score!!" They passed out forms for parents and guardians to sign and give to their children's principals to opt their children out of the tests.
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April 9, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
IF YOU WANT to know the Philadelphia Police Department's current strategy to deal with protesters, just look at their uniforms. No riot gear. No military vehicles. Officers wear their everyday blues. Most walk on foot or pedal bicycles as they escort marchers or stand guard at demonstrations. "If you show up dressed for a fight, you're likelier to find yourself in a fight," said Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan, who oversees homeland security. Police in cities such as Ferguson, Mo., have earned scorn for dealing with dissenters by outfitting officers in so much military gear, they look ready to storm the Middle East to annihilate ISIS.
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April 8, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
TEN PEOPLE arrested last month at a Lawncrest town-hall meeting that turned into a melee opted yesterday to head to trial on their disorderly conduct charges. The self-described "Philly 10" showed up at the March 19 meeting, at which District Attorney Seth Williams and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey were present, to protest the District Attorney's Office decision not to file charges against two cops who had fatally shot Brandon Tate-Brown in December. The 10 had a status appearance in front of Municipal Court Trial Commissioner Marsha Floyd.
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March 22, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
The day after protesters clashed with police at a community meeting following the announcement that two officers would not be charged in the death of Brandon Tate-Brown, his mother released a statement rejecting "non-peaceful" actions in her son's name. In the statement, released Friday by her lawyer, Tanya Brown-Dickerson called for supporters "who want to protest her son's death at a public event to do so peacefully and to act respectfully toward all public officials and police officers in the process of peacefully protesting.
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March 21, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Philadelphia police officers involved in the shooting death of Brandon Tate-Brown will not face criminal charges, District Attorney Seth Williams announced Thursday. "In this case, the facts show a tragedy, a terrible tragedy, but not a crime," Williams said at an afternoon news conference, saying his conclusion came after a three-month investigation. An attorney for the family of the 25-year-old Frankford man said questions remained in the case and indicated he would file suit.
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March 21, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was supposed to be an ordinary community meeting Thursday night, scheduled earlier to discuss law enforcement issues with Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and District Attorney Seth Williams. Instead, the assembly at Lawncrest Rec Center descended into chaos as several dozen protesters - upset about Williams' decision not to charge two city officers in the death of Brandon Tate-Brown during a December traffic stop - clashed with police, resulting in numerous arrests but no reported injuries.
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March 20, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A POWDER KEG of emotion and frustration exploded last night, and its blast decimated a town-hall meeting featuring some of the city's top officials. "I understand there is a strained relationship, but what we saw today is embarrassing," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said in the wake of a melee between protesters and police in the Lawncrest Recreation Center, on Rising Sun Avenue near Comly Street. When the dust had settled, 10 people were taken into custody and were later charged with disorderly conduct, police said.
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March 15, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The casino union that represents about 1,100 workers at the struggling Trump Taj Mahal picked up Friday where it left off last fall. Members of Unite Here Local 54 were back outside the casino, which had emerged from bankruptcy the day before, chanting and holding signs to protest what the union calls the continued stripping down of worker rights and benefits by the casino's new billionaire owner, Carl Icahn. Local 54 president Bob McDevitt said at the protest that the union representing about 10,000 casino workers in the city continues to appeal the ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge that nullified the contract between the union and Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., which owns the Taj Mahal and the shuttered Trump Plaza.
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March 1, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Organizers of a march Saturday to protest the fatal police shooting two months ago of a motorist Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, N.J., said Friday they expect to draw hundreds from all over the region, including the mother of a man killed by Philadelphia police. Among the anticipated protesters is Tanya Dickerson-Brown, mother of Brandon Tate-Brown, who was shot and killed by Philadelphia police the night of Dec. 15, two weeks before Reid's death Dec. 30. Both shootings occurred during traffic stops, and police say each man was reaching for a weapon.
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February 23, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal and Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writers
Protesters marched through Mayfair on Saturday and demanded to see surveillance video footage from the December shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown, which his mother said contradicted the police account of his death. Video footage shows that Tate-Brown was running away from police officers when he was shot, according to his mother, Tanya Brown-Dickerson, and her attorney. Their account differs from police statements that Tate-Brown was shot after he tried to retrieve a gun from inside his car Dec. 15. "How I feel is even more hurt [than]
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