police-reform

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Appellate court ruling on Philly cops’ social media posts sends a dangerous message | Michael Coard

BY: - June 20, 2023

We need far more than just mere reform to fix a broken system.

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Pa.’s Casey sponsors police reform bill to protect people with disabilities, mental illness

BY: - May 18, 2023

Up to half of all violent confrontations with law enforcement involve people living with disabilities, data show.

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Protesters during the 2020 George Floyd protests in Philadelphia (Photo courtesy of Michael Coard).

Philly’s settlement a win for protesters; police reform fight continues | Michael Coard

BY: - March 26, 2023

This was a 'truly unique civil rights lawsuit' because it sought more than mere money.

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Policing has its roots in slave-catching. To change it, we must change that legacy | Opinion

BY: - March 12, 2023

By Terrence A. Alladin The beating of Tyre Nichols by five Black police officers of the Memphis Police Department is a racial problem. The fact that Tyre Nichols is a Black man and that the five police officers are Black men does not diminish the effect that race played in this awful incident. Nichols was […]

State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Philadelphia, speaks at a news conference at the state Capitol on Monday, March 29, 2022 (Capital-Star photo).

Rep. Donna Bullock shares Pa. Legislative Black Caucus’ priorities for 2023

BY: - February 6, 2023

Police reforms, passage of the CROWN Act and raising the minimum wage are key goals this year.

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What Congress can — and can’t — do about fixing local policing | Opinion

BY: - February 1, 2023

Tyre Nichols' death has prompted renewed calls for reform. The real change happens at the state and local level.

Concerns about the growing hostility toward communities of color has risen dramatically in the wake of the killings George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and the killing of six Asian American women in Georgia. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Racism, reproductive rights, inflation top concerns for voters of color heading into ’22 midterms

BY: - October 24, 2022

Both liberal and conservative voters shared a concern with reproductive rights and freedoms, including abortion.

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Embracing police accountability is the only way to make our communities safer | Opinion

BY: - July 6, 2022

Policymakers have yet to embrace a full transformation in public safety that we need to make all our communities safer and more just.

Biden lays out a ‘fund the police’ budget plan

BY: - March 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is requesting billions in its fiscal 2023 budget from Congress to fund police departments, despite progressive Democrats’ calls for some of that spending to be reallocated to social services. President Joe Biden’s budget request to Congress unveiled Monday asks for $30 billion for state and local governments to add more […]

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A Philly cop killed a 12-year-old. What happened to police reform in Pa.? | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 14, 2022

Between 2010 and 2020, Philadelphia paid out $136M to settle police misconduct claims, mostly for use of force incidents, according to the Washington Post .

Allentown Police in line to undergo active bystander training. We found out what it’s all about

BY: - January 17, 2022

It's all 'about people stepping up and stepping in if they see something that shouldn't be happening,' an official said.

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey during his swearing-in ceremony on 1/3/21 (Pittsburgh City Paper photo).

Taking the reins, new Pgh Mayor Ed Gainey addresses questions of police-community relations

BY: - January 4, 2022

Pittsburgh's first Black chief executive promised 'a city where affordability isn’t a luxury, and a city that is prepared to lead into the future.'