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City Officials Fight Release of Suspicious Activity Reporting

By Dustin Slaughter The Philadelphia Police Department and city solicitor Shelley Smith’s office are refusing to release documents pertaining to an intelligence-gathering program called “Look Up, Speak Up”. The Declaration filed a public records request in May with the intention of gaining a stronger understanding of Philadelphia’s version of The Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI), … Continue reading

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ACLU: Philly cops continue to arrest civilians for lawful photography

By Daniel Denvir (City Paper) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania today filed its latest lawsuit accusing Philadelphia police of illegally arresting civilians who observe or record them in action. The federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of Temple University student Rick Fields, who was detained and cited for disorderly conduct in 2013 … Continue reading

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Gaza in Crisis: New Demonstrations Expected in Philly Today Over Israeli Invasion

By Joshua Albert As Israel’s assault on Gaza continues to intensify, so are rallies here in Philadelphia from supporters of both sides. Since Israel’s assault began 16 days ago, 658 Palestinians have been killed and over 2,000 injured. According to a United Nations statement issued today , 74% of these fatalities are civilian and a … Continue reading

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Beating Your Six Year Old Child with a Belt in a Park? It’s Legal in Pennsylvania

By Joshua Albert Typically, my Monday afternoons in Clark Park are supposed to be a pleasant experience. I blast Lil’ Wayne in my ears, read the latest copy from City Paper and Philadelphia Weekly, and nurse iced coffee from Green Line Cafe. It’s boring, but it does what I need it to do. Yesterday was … Continue reading

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At #Cheesesandwich Headquarters, Checking out the New SEPTA Police Body Cameras

By Joshua Albert, Kenneth Lipp, and Dustin Slaughter The original publication of this article mistakenly named only Albert and Lipp as authors – On Monday afternoon, Chief Thomas Nestel of the SEPTA Transit Police tweeted the announcement that his department would begin a trial of body-worn cameras by 3 on-duty officers, starting this Wednesday. He also held a … Continue reading

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Looking at SW Philly fire tragedy through the eyes of the city’s Liberian community

By Newsworks Staff – The July 5 fire that claimed the lives of four Liberian-American children in Philadelphia has sparked tension between that immigrant community and the city. A history of trauma and mistrust may be feeding it. The four children killed in Southwest Philadelphia were all 4 or younger. One was an infant. While … Continue reading