Chuck Bednarik — Eagles great, Pro Football Hall of Famer, and the last two-way player in the NFL — has reportedly passed away at age 89. Read more »
A day after a protest in her son’s name erupted into a violent skirmish at a community meeting on policing, the mother of Brandon Tate-Brown issued a statement rejecting violence and calling for peaceful protests.
“Ms. Brown-Dickerson rejects all forms of non-peaceful protest,” said the statement issued by Brian Mildenberg, the attorney for Tanya Brown-Dickerson. “Ms. Brown-Dickerson rejects all form of violence. Ms. Brown-Dickerson calls for peaceful protests in the manner of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
The statement also called for a toning down of rhetoric directed at Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and District Attorney Seth Williams. “Any protesters who speak to these public servants disrespectfully are urged to behave with dignity, and to peacefully protest,” it said.
Williams on Thursday announced he would not bring charges against the officers involved in the shooting of Tate-Brown, 26, who died in a December incident. Police said it appeared he was reaching for a gun in his car when the shot him; Tate-Brown’s family disputes that account. Read more »
Three thoughts following Thursday night’s mini-riot at the policing town hall at Lawncrest Recreation Center.
1. Brandon Tate-Brown’s family said on Thursday they didn’t want to see any violence erupt as a result of D.A. Seth Williams’ decision to not charge the officers in Tate-Brown’s death. I wish the protesters who showed up at Lawncrest had listened to them. Read more »
Thursday night’s town hall on policing at Lawncrest Recreation Center was scheduled weeks before D.A. Seth Williams announced that he would not bring charges in the killing of Brandon Tate-Brown. But that announcement today assured that emotions would be running high, and just as soon as the meeting opened with the introduction of Commissioner Charles Ramsey, protest broke out. Things escalated from there. The meeting eventually resumed; numerous protesters were reportedly arrested, none requiring medical attention. Read more »
The Brandon Tate-Brown saga isn’t over. It might be just beginning.
Hours after District Attorney Seth Williams said he would not bring criminal charges against the two officers involved in the December shooting death of Brandon Tate-Brown, his mother and her attorney suggested that a civil suit is still likely — and that they have evidence which contradicts Williams’ basis for declining charges.
“I want transparency,” said Tanya Dickerson, Tate-Brown’s mother, at a press conference in front of City Hall. “We don’t see transparency.” Read more »
No charges will be brought against the officers who shot Brandon Tate-Brown, District Attorney Seth Williams said today at a midday press conference.
“In this case the facts show a tragedy. A terrible tragedy. But not a crime,” Williams said. Read more »
New Jersey has 40 “hate groups,” the Southern Poverty Law Center says in a new report — good for fourth-most in the country, and part of an East Coast cluster of extremism that includes Pennsylvania (ranked fifth, with 38 such groups) and New York (third, with 44).
New Jersey’s ranking, though, appears to be based mostly on the diffuse membership of the AC Skins, a “racist skinhead” group: SPLC says the group has chapters in 14 cities across the state, accounting for about a third of the total 40 groups said to be based there. Read more »
Pennsylvania has 38 hate groups, the Southern Poverty Law Center says in a new report, spanning the spectrum of white supremacy groups to black separatists and a few “radical” religious groups. That ranks the state fifth nationally, right behind New Jersey and its 40 designated hate groups.
The list includes obvious suspects such as the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Harrisburg, to more innocuous-sounding organizations like the the Council of Conservative Citizens — which describes itself, euphemistically, as a group of “race realists” in its picnic announcements. Read more »
Leaders in Philadelphia’s African-American community are organizing a Philadelphia Black Political Summit for mid-April — the first such gathering in the city in 17 years.
A Penn professor has stepped into controversy for a new poem describing the autopsy of Michael Brown, the young man whose shooting by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., sparked months of protests around the country.
The Daily Pennsylvanian describes how writing professor Kenneth Goldsmith generated the anger with a March 13 reading of “The Death of Michael Brown” at Brown University:
At the conference that focused on digital culture, Goldsmith read a poem titled “The Body of Michael Brown” as Brown’s graduation photo was projected behind him. The poem was simply a copy of the medical examiner’s report on Brown’s autopsy with some changes to make the medical terms more understandable to the average person and to enhance the “poetic effect.”