‘Truth and Reconciliation’ Through Police Transparency in the Black Lives Matter Era


Internal Affairs Bureau. Photo: Kristi Petrillo

A remarkable series of transparency victories in policing, involving (in part) making civilian complaints against police available to the public, has occurred in Chicago over the last year, victories that can inform the general public, police-reform advocates, attorneys, and journalists. This initial chipping away at the “Chicago Way” can serve as a way forward out of Philadelphia’s own “corrupt and contented” history, particularly in the realm of law enforcement.

In fact, the Philadelphia Police Department, starting in 2012, was required to begin a similar process according to an executive order issued by then Mayor Michael Nutter.

Read associate editor Dustin Slaughter’s full commentary at Newsworks.

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