Police Union Fighting Disclosure of Officer Names

By Kenneth Lipp

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5, which represents Philadelphia’s police officers and Sheriff’s deputies, has filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board to prevent the police department from following through on plans to release the names of officers who fire upon civilians.

The complaint filed July 1st in fact takes issue with all of the changes made by the department to comply with recommendations of a DOJ review of the Philly Police use of deadly force.

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As the Declaration has reported, many of the recommendations offered in a report by researchers at CNA Corporation were apparently at a standstill due to conflicts within the City’s contract with the FOP.

According to the FOP complaint, on May 28th the Police Department asked members of the union to meet Department of Justice Technical Advisors (DOJTA) to discuss those conflicting terms. “The FOP, indicating that its collective bargaining agreement was with the City and not with the DOJTA,” the complaints reads, “and expressing an utter lack of confidence in the neutrality of the DOJTA, declined to meet with the DOJTA.”

The department issued new directives concerning the use of force three days later, and now the FOP wants the Labor Relations Board to stop changes it calls “unilateral,” including the recently announced policy of releasing the names of officers who are involved in a shooting on the job.

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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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