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Opinion: It’s time to declare the Roundhouse a crime scene

By Helen Ubinas (Philly Daily News Columnist) – It’s time to cordon off the Philadelphia Police Department and declare it a crime scene. At this point, what’s long been happening inside that broken department is a crime – against good cops whose reputations are tarnished by dirty cops, against residents who’ve lost faith in a … Continue reading

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Feds Indict Six Narcotics Officers for Extortion, Kidnapping, and More

By Dustin Slaughter and Joshua Albert From February 2006 to December 2012, six members of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Narcotics Field Unit (NFU) engaged in an alleged crime spree that included kidnapping, extortion, records falsification, drug dealing, and firearm-related charges, said Assistant US Attorney Zane David Memenger at a morning press conference. With Philadelphia Police … Continue reading

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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