After DNA Exoneration, Anthony Wright Sues City and Police

Anthony Wright with his granddaughter after his release from prison in August. Photo by Kevin Monko, courtesy The Innocence Project

Anthony Wright with his granddaughter after his release from prison in August. Photo by Kevin Monko, courtesy The Innocence Project

Less than one month ago Anthony Wright walked out of prison, where he had spent the previous 25 years for the 1991 rape and murder of his 77-year-old neighbor, Louise Talley. DNA evidence has proven that Wright, 44, was not the killer, and now he is suing the City of Philadelphia as well as the police. Read more »

Police Say Philly Cop Tried to Mail Marijuana

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Yes, marijuana is kinda, sorta legal in Philadelphia, but that doesn’t mean you can just go trying to send it through the mail — especially if you’re a cop. But that’s just what one Philadelphia police officer did, according to a statement by the Philadelphia Police Department. Read more »

Photo of a Philly Cop With a Nazi Tattoo Is All Over the Internet

There’s a photograph circulating of an on-duty Philly cop with what appears to be a Nazi tattoo, and it’s causing all kinds of controversy.

The photo was posted to Facebook by Evan Parish Matthews, who claims the officer is named Ian Hans Lichtermann. Matthews said he took the photograph on July 26th, at a Black Lives Matter march during the Democratic National Convention.

Philadelphia police have not confirmed Lichtermann’s identity, but Philly Voice reports that there is an officer by the same name listed in Philadelphia payroll records.

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The City Really, Really Doesn’t Want Jonathan Josey to Have That Promotion

Philly Police Lt. Jonathan Josey (center) in infamous video clip of his encounter with a woman at the Puerto Rican Day Parade in 2012.

Philly Police Lt. Jonathan Josey (center) in the infamous video clip of his encounter with a woman at the Puerto Rican Day Parade in 2012.

The tug of war over Jonathan Josey‘s career is still going strong.

The city’s Law Department filed a motion in Common Pleas Court last Friday to overturn an arbitrator’s decision from late July that called on the Philadelphia Police Department to promote Josey from the rank of lieutenant to captain.

Earlier this year, Police Commissioner Richard Ross declined to promote Josey, who rose to infamy in 2012 after a video was shared on YouTube showing him striking a woman named Aida Guzman at a Puerto Rican Day Parade celebration in Fairhill.

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A Philly Cop Once Accused of Assaulting a Woman Is Getting a Promotion

Philly Police Lt. Jonathan Josey (center) in infamous video clip of his encounter with a woman at the Puerto Rican Day Parade in 2012.

Philly Police Lt. Jonathan Josey (center) in an infamous video clip of his encounter with a woman at the Puerto Rican Day Parade in 2012.

Jonathan Josey is no stranger to controversy.

The veteran Philly cop made national headlines four years ago, when he was accused of striking a woman during a tense moment at a Puerto Rican Day Parade celebration in Fairhill. Video footage of the incident went viral, prompting then-Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey to fire Josey.

District Attorney Seth Williams in turn charged Josey with simple assault for allegedly knocking Aida Guzman to the ground, but he was later acquitted by Municipal Court Judge Patrick Dugan. (Guzman’s supporters staged protests over the acquittal; they were particularly outraged that Dugan, who is married to a police officer, was allowed to handle the case.) Read more »

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