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(Pa. senator-elect Art Haywood is proposing legislation that would require special prosecutors in cases where police use deadly force.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Freshman Pa. Legislator Proposes Special Prosecutors in Police Deadly-Force Cases

State senator-elect Art Haywood says his first action after he is sworn in to the Pennsylvania Senate on January 6th will be to introduce a bill that requires the state attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor whenever a suspect is killed by police.

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(Mayor Michael Nutter.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Mayor Nutter Urges Mindfulness Amid Racial Flareups

Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter says the Brown and Garner deaths, each at the hands of white police officers, have created a volatile situation in our nation.

12/19/2014

(Phila. FOP president John McNesby.  File photo)

Philadelphia Police Union Head Angered by Anti-Racism Protests Here

Philadelphia FOP president John McNesby called protesters who criticize Philadelphia police “hatemongers.”

12/18/2014

Rally at Broad and Cecil B. Moore. (credit: Cherri Gregg/KYW)

New Monmouth University Poll Finds ‘Deep Racial Divide’ On Alleged Racism In The Judicial Process

“The poll indicates a strong sense of distrust for the entire justice process among black Americans, not only for the police but for the actions of courts and prosecutors as well,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, New Jersey.

12/18/2014

Rally at Broad and Cecil B. Moore. (credit: Cherri Gregg/KYW)

Racial Equality Discussions Have Tensions Running High

The racial divide in opinions over the police shootings of unarmed black men is playing out as tension among friends both in person and on social media, especially during holiday socializing.

12/16/2014

(A demonstration against racism at the federal building in Camden.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Philadelphia ‘Die-In’ Causes Gridlock; Camden Demonstration More Orderly

In Camden, a “die-in” was held in front of the courthouse. A Philadelphia group blocked traffic on Broad Street.

12/12/2014

(Pa. Rep. Vanessa Brown, at lectern, speaks with reporters.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Black Pa. Lawmakers Promise Response to Wave of Protests Over Deaths at Hands of Police

“People were calling and saying, ‘What are we going to do?’ ” noted state representative Vanessa Brown (D-Phila., at lectern).

12/08/2014

(Credit: Matt Rivers)

Protesters Organize ‘Die-In’ After Eagles Game In South Philly

Protesters were in the streets outside of Lincoln Financial Field after the Eagles game Sunday.

12/07/2014

File photo. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey (L) and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson (R) (credit: CBS)

Philly, Camden County’s Top Cops Explore Ways To Rebuild Trust Within Minority Communities

Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson appeared on separate political chat shows Sunday to discuss ways to rebuild trust in law enforcement in minority communities.

12/07/2014

PFT leader Jerry Jordan (credit: Steve Tawa)

PFT Says Young People Need Opportunity To Voice Concerns In Aftermath Of Ferguson, Staton Island

Teachers, parents and faith leaders are weighing in on the two grand jury presentments this past week that cleared white police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

12/06/2014

National Urban League President Marc Morial at podium. (credit: Cherri Gregg)

National Urban League President Speaks About Plans To End Police Injustice

he president of the National Urban League was in Philadelphia on Friday for local chapter’s community empowerment luncheon at the Lowe’s Hotel in Center City. But he spoke about plans to fight injustice in light of protests in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City.

12/06/2014

(Students stage a protest "die-in" at Masterman High School.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

Masterman High School Students Stage ‘Die-In’ To Protest Lack of Grand Jury Indictments of Police Officers

The 4½-minute protest was to symbolize the 4½ hours that the body of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was left lying in the street in Ferguson, Mo., after he was shot to death by a police officer.

12/05/2014

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Obama Taps Philly’s Top Cop To Lead National Police Task Force

President Barrack Obama is calling on Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey to lead a national task force, which has the mission to come up with ideas on better policing.

12/02/2014

(credit: CBS 3)

Ferguson Protesters Go Door-To-Door In University City

Gathering at 1:01 p.m. the time, locally, that Michael Brown was shot on August 9th, the demonstrators went door-to-door across Penn’s campus, seeking students in classrooms and dorms to join them.

12/01/2014

Police confront demonstrators during a protest on November 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Yesterday protesting turned into rioting following the grand jury announcement to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown case.  Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on August 9. At least 12 buildings were torched and more than 50 people were arrested during the night-long rioting.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

R’nel: Ferguson: The Media’s Biggest Failure

There was a demonstrable inherent bias in the way the media covered the unfolding story of Ferguson.

12/01/2014

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