Philly Police’s Liaison to the New DVIC Fusion Center Sued for Alleged 2010 Beating of Autistic Teen

PPD Delaware Valley Fusion Center Liaison Jason Shensky

PPD Delaware Valley Fusion Center Liaison Jason Shensky, photo, Philadelphia Police twitter feed

By Kenneth Lipp

The Philadelphia Police Department and Mayor Nutter held a press conference today to trumpet the opening of Philadelphia’s “new” fusion center, the DVIC.

During the course of our research, Officer Shensky has already appeared on our radar. His linkedn profile lists him as the DVIC “liaison,” a representation the above tweet from the PPD proves accurate.

In 2012, Officer Shensky was sued for an alleged false arrest and beating of an autistic youth. From the Pennsylvania Record:

A teenager with special needs who alleges two Philadelphia police officers beat him severely after they mistakenly suspected he was involved in the theft of a cell phone belonging to one of the officers’ friends has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia and the officers involved in the alleged assault.”

The final disposition of this suit against Officer Shensky seems to be a dismissal, but it does leave this editor to wonder about the Department’s giving him this special assignment (he was commended for valor in same year as the suit).


About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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