Rally to Support Local Police Marches from Oregon Ave., Rides the Train Back

The group of marchers begins north toward City Hall from Oregon avenue around 4:45 Sunday afternoon. Photo by Kenneth Lipp

The group of marchers begins north toward City Hall from Oregon avenue around 4:45 Sunday afternoon. Photo by Kenneth Lipp

By Kenneth Lipp

Community advocacy organization Taking Our South Philly Streets Back (TOSPSB) called for a 4 PM rally today at Oregon at Broad Street in support of “the men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, SEPTA Police, and all Police Officers around the world,” with a march totaling approximately 50 people, up Broad to Center City.

TOSPSB had originally asked participants to remain on the sidewalk and “cross streets when legally permitted,” but upon leaving its rallying point the procession from the Oregon SEPTA station was led by a Philly Police escort which closed all northbound lanes for several blocks in advance of the marchers.   Along the way the group held a moment of silence for slain Philly Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. Organizers asked participants to share their photos on social media using the hashtag #TYPhillyPD.

A young police supporter holds a sign at the corner of Oregon Avenue and Broad Street. Photo by Kenneth Lipp

A young police supporter holds a sign at the corner of Oregon Avenue and Broad Street. Photo by Kenneth Lipp

Organizers also sold T-Shirts for $15 to benefit the Philadelphia Police Survivor’s Fund, as well as blue bows for $5 to raise money for the family of missing teacher Christopher Tully, whose body was recovered from the Schuylkill River and identified as the march up Broad was still ongoing. Police say an autopsy is pending.

After arriving at City Hall, the group entered the Broad Street line to board the subway back to Oregon and, en route home, expressed their support for the SEPTA Transit Police.

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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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