Black Lives Matter Activists Protest Fundraiser for Cop Who Shot David Jones

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Protesters gathered on Sunday outside Philly’s Fraternal Order of Police union in Northeast Philly, where officers held a fundraiser for Ryan Pownall, the now-suspended policeman who shot Davis Jones in the back in June.

The protest group consisted of many of the same activists who held a small demonstration outside Pownall’s Bustleton home in late August, which drew ire, a heated “Back the Blue” rally and a lawsuit from the union.

Protesters have called for Pownall’s firing since footage of the shooting was released in June. Conflicting witness accounts and a conflict of interest in the Philly District Attorney’s office have prompted the state Attorney General to investigate Jones’s death.  Read more »

OPINION: The City Tolerates the FOP’s Lack of Respect for Black Lives

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John McNesby of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” After the recent shakeups in the city’s political scene, our politicians have been unusually reserved about confronting what has now become one of the biggest obstacles to anything progressive in Philadelphia — the Fraternal Order of the Police.

For some odd reason, it’s hard for elected officials to criticize the city’s police union: Do so in any form and you might be mistaken for denigrating their service to the community. But there is a difference between condemning the job and holding it accountable — welcoming the latter should be required of any group that receives taxpayer’s dollars. Read more »

Philly FOP Endorses Republican DA Candidate Beth Grossman

Philadelphia’s police union will endorse Republican Beth Grossman for district attorney.

The announcement follows an event Tuesday at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 headquarters in Northeast Philly, where both Grossman and Democratic DA candidate Larry Krasner vied for the union’s endorsement.  Read more »

Are We Really Going to Call the New Gallery “FOP”?

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Today’s Inquirer has an update on the renovation of The Gallery. The Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia — the “at Market East” has been dropped from the name — are not open yet, but they already have a website and recently hosted a fashion show and panel discussion at Century 21 for Philly Fashion Week. This thing is happening.

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, which owns the mall with partner Macerich, told the paper the mall is 70 percent leased. But it won’t release the names of businesses that have agreed to lease spaces because “in the outlet world, piecemeal announcements are a sign of weakness,” according to PREIT CEO Joseph Coradino.

All well and good. But there’s a Coradino quote at the end of the article that made me think. Read more »

The FOP Has Put Up Anti–Seth Williams Billboards

John McNesby and Seth Williams. | Photos by AP

John McNesby and Seth Williams. | Photos by AP

Telling the Inquirer his union was willing to spend an “unlimited amount of resources” in the Democratic primary against Seth Williams, FOP Lodge 5 head John McNesby has begun a campaign against the incumbent district attorney.

Yesterday, a billboard showed up on I-95 between Bridge Street and Cottman Avenue: “HELP WANTED: NEW PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY,” it read. “PLEASE CONTACT FOP LODGE #5.” McNesby says the FOP will put up at least six billboards calling for Williams’s ouster. Read more »

Grossman: Philly “Deserves Better” Than Seth Williams

Former city prosecutor Beth Grossman announces her candidacy in front of a Kensington pawn shop where her family once owned a candy store.

Former city prosecutor Beth Grossman announces her candidacy in front of a Kensington pawn shop where her family once owned a candy store. Photo by David Gambacorta

If you’re going to try to hold a press conference in the middle of Kensington, you have to expect the unexpected.

Former city prosecutor Beth Grossman seemed prepared for most of the little interruptions that came her way on Wednesday afternoon: the occasional burst of thunder from the Market-Frankford El, the get-out-of-my-way horns from passing motorists, the locals who hovered nearby and talked over portions of a short, formal speech that outlined her decision to run as a Republican to unseat her former boss, District Attorney Seth Williams. Read more »

What’s in Store for Philly’s Police Union in 2017

Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby looks ahead to a busy 2017.

Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby (left) looks ahead to a busy 2017 that will include supporting a candidate to unseat District Attorney Seth Williams (center), working with state Rep. Martina White (top, right) on a bill that addresses police shootings, and dealing with the uncertain fallout of president-elect Donald Trump’s administration.

John McNesby sounds like he’s in a good mood when he picks up the phone a few days before Christmas. The president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 is tending to some odds and ends around the office, putting the finishing touches on what has proven to be an interesting year for the union and the 6,100 or so members who make up Philadelphia’s police force. Read more »

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