10 Takeaways From the Department of Justice Report on Philly Police

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. AP | Matt Rourke

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. AP | Matt Rourke

There is an “undercurrent of significant strife” between Philadelphia Police and the community they serve, the U.S. Department of Justice reported today.

The federal review — undertaken by the feds at the invitation of Commissioner Charles Ramsey, after reporting showed that police-involved shootings had risen despite an overall drop in the crime rate — found that police training in using less-than-lethal force was inconsistent and, at times, insufficient, and that a “lack of transparency” about such incidents had helped cement distrust in the community.  Read more »

Video: Wild Assault On Center City Subway Platform

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Editor’s Note: This piece has been updated to reflect more current information. Police reports originally identified the stop as Lombard-South.

The Philadelphia Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify suspects in an assault that occurred at the Walnut-Locust stop of the Broad Street Subway. Read more »

When Murder Turns Us Into Monsters

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Last week, I spent the majority of my time reporting on the murder of Jim Stuhlman, an unarmed 51-year-old man who was shot dead on Thursday, March 12th, while taking his dog for an evening stroll on his quiet street in Overbrook. And adding to the tragedy of Stuhlman’s murder was the Philadelphia Police Department’s announcement that the suspects in the case are in their mid-teens. Read more »

Clarke Wants ShotSpotter Tech for Philly

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Photo: Shutterstock.com

Council President Darrell Clarke wants to bring ShotSpotter technology to Philadelphia in an effort to reduce shootings and track shooters.

The technology has been used for more than a year in Camden, where it’s credited with helping police reduce overall violence, and it’s now being rolled out in parts of New York City. The technology uses a series of sensors to detect gunfire and triangulate its location in real time, helping police respond quickly to a shooting scene if need be. Read more »

15-Year-Old Tyfine Hamilton Arrested for Overbrook Murder

Left: Tyfine Hamilton in a photo from a previous arrest. Right: An array of 2010 images from his Facebook page.

Left: Tyfine Hamilton in a photo from a previous arrest. Right: An array of 2010 images from his Facebook page.

Overbrook High School freshman Tyfine Hamilton has turned himself in to face charges in the murder of 51-year-old Overbrook resident Jim Stuhlman, who was out walking his dog last week when Hamilton allegedly gunned him down. Read more »

One 15-Year-Old Arrested, Another Wanted for Murder of Dog-Walking Overbrook Man

Brandon Smith (left) is in custody. Police are hunting for Tyfine Hamilton (right).

Brandon Smith (left) is in custody. Police are hunting for Tyfine Hamilton (right).

On Thursday morning, we reported that police had two teens in custody for the shooting death of 51-year-old Overbrook man Jim Stuhlman and that the arrest of a third male — believed to be the shooter — was imminent. And later in the day at police headquarters, Philadelphia Police Department Homicide Captain James Clark announced an arrest in the case. Read more »

Two Teens in Custody for Murder of Dog-Walking Dad in Overbrook [UPDATED]

overbrook-murderUPDATE: An arrest has been made. See the full story here.

ORIGINAL:

Detectives with the Philadelphia Police Department confirm that two teens are in custody for last Thursday night’s shooting death of Jim Stuhlman, a 51-year-old father gunned down while he was walking his dog near his home on Woodcrest Avenue in Overbrook.

A third male believed to be the actual shooter is expected to be arrested soon. Read more »

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