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.
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.