One of the most troubling police shootings in recent Philadelphia history has led to a massive payout.
The Kenney administration announced on Friday that a $4.4 million settlement has been reached to resolve lawsuits filed by Philippe Holland, a local pizza deliveryman who was left critically injured when a pair of undercover cops fired 14 shots at him in the spring of 2014.
Richard Ross waited a decade for the chance to get into this chair.
It’s a smooth, ergonomic number with a high back — a captain’s chair, positioned at the head of a long conference table inside a heavily wood-accented office on the third floor of police headquarters. He looks comfortable sitting there, the well-practiced understudy who’s finally gotten his crack at the lead role.
Ever since 2005, when then-Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson promoted a 40-something Ross from Homicide Unit captain to deputy commissioner, the consensus within the department’s many gossipy cliques was that he would end up with the top job sooner or later. He was a straight shooter, police insiders would say, a decent man who was smart as hell to boot. Read more »
Malcolm Jenkins looks tired.
The Eagles have just wrapped up a practice on the Thursday after Election Day at the NovaCare complex in South Philly, and Jenkins settles into a dark leather chair in the corner of a small spare office. He’s wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, black pants, and a black Eagles T-shirt that looks like it’s made of those synthetic fibers that are supposed to make you sweat less when you exercise.
A phone call from Philadelphia woke Mary Lou Ferretti from her dreams. There was a brief conversation that was both incomprehensible and chillingly clear, and it sent Mary Lou into the arms of her daughter and her son-in-law, who now sat bleary-eyed with her at their kitchen table.
It was just past 2 o’clock in the morning on May 4, 2016, and her son Richard was dead. Read more »
Last week, we told you about three controversial bills being fast-tracked through the Pennsylvania legislature.
One of them, a bill that would limit police transparency, is perhaps the most controversial of the three given national dialogue surrounding fatal and contentious police shootings of unarmed minorities – mostly black men. Read more »
Halloween might be right around the corner, but Philly’s schools and police aren’t clowning around.
The PPD and the School District of Philadelphia released a joint statement statement informing the city’s residents that they’ve opened an active investigation into a series of “scary clown threats” made on social media.
Two boys are in critical condition after one of their fathers reportedly went on a stabbing rampage in West Philadelphia that ended when police shot and killed him.