Philadelphia City Council opened its fall session today with one controversial matter front and center: whether to put more teeth into the civilian panel that studies cases of police misconduct.
The Philadelphia Daily News reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize for a 2009 series on police corruption is in the uncomfortable position of challenging the credibility of one of their own sources.
The head of the Philadelphia chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, John McNesby, says he’s likely to run for the state senate. And a new court ruling could boost the size of his campaign warchest.
“We still have to develop policy around retention (of video), and when it would be on, when it would be OK to turn it off, all those kinds of things,” Commissioner Ramsey said. “But I think it is the way to go.”
The new FOP contract award gives Commissioner Ramsey what he and past Commissioners had long sought: the right to promote some of his commanders based solely on merit, regardless of how they score on exams.
Commissioner Ramsey has long wanted the ability to rotate officers out of the department’s narcotics and Internal Affairs units, but such moves had been prohibited by the city’s contract with the police union.
For victims of domestic abuse, “These cell phones really are a lifeline,” says Katie Young-Wildes with Women Against Abuse.
In the latest video, an officer identified as Nace moves a sidewalk basketball backboard, then knocks it over.
John Leck Jr. is pleading guilty to the murder of officer Brian Lorenzo, killed in July of last year when his motorcycle was hit head-on by Leck, intoxicated and driving in the wrong direction.
Federal authorities allege that officer Jeffrey Walker planted drugs in the target’s car, then stole approximately $15,000 from a home.
Philadelphia FOP president John McNesby calls the award fair for both police and the Nutter administration.
A local blogger has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly creating web sites that encouraged people to murder police officers and the city’s district attorney.
Lt. Jonathan Josey is slated to be fired after being caught on video hitting a woman in the face during a Puerto Rican Day celebration.)
Prosecutors detailed the horrific crash that killed Philadelphia Police highway patrol officer Brian Lorenzo in July, and the alleged drunk driver charged with killing him has been ordered held for trial.
A Philadelphia Councilman introduced Thursday what could prove to be a controversial plan. The idea is to beef up the commission that studies accusations of police misconduct.