Philly Police, Activists Prepare for Ferguson Reaction

Matt Rourke/AP

Matt Rourke/AP

Over the summer, the nation’s attention focused on Ferguson, Missouri, for several weeks as protesters clashed with cops in the aftermath of the shooting of an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, by a police officer. Now officials in Missouri are bracing for the results of a grand jury — whether the officer will be indicted for the shooting — and police departments nationwide are preparing for possible protests in their own cities.

Philadelphia is no exception.
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Riding With Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey

Photograph by Christopher Leaman

Photograph by Christopher Leaman

Time: 3 p.m. Day: Monday. Location: PPD Car 1.

A conversation with Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey can take unpredictable turns, like the hard right his driver hangs at high speed onto Hunting Park Avenue as Ramsey’s thumb jams an ear-splitting siren. We’re en route to a double shooting in the city’s Logan neighborhood.

“Well, you got a little bit more than you bargained for,” Ramsey tells me a few frantic blocks later. Behind him, yellow police tape cordons off a crime scene just outside Albert Einstein Medical Center where a 15-year-old girl — a bystander — was shot and killed minutes earlier. “Now you know,” he says, “this shit can turn on a dime.”
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Report: Philly Paid Out $40 Million for Police Misconduct

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MuckRock, an investigative website that specializes in open-records requests, says Philadelphia has paid more than $40 million to settle nearly 600 police misconduct suits since 2009.

Sound like a lot? The folks at MuckRock think so.

“The numbers dwarf comparable statistics in other major cities for which MuckRock obtained the same data,” MuckRock reported. “For example, the cities of Indianapolis, San Francisco, San Jose, and Austin settled or lost a combined 122 police misconduct cases — compared to 586 cases in Philadelphia.”

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Police Cars Crash in Center City

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[Update 1:00 p.m.] A spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police Department offered this brief account to media in a written statement:

Today, Monday, October 13th at approximately 8:58 AM Unit 1(make and model not available at this time) while travelling Southbound on 21st Street at Spruce struck a police vehicle who was responding to a priority assignment on the passenger side. The police vehicle then struck a police vehicle which was parked and unoccupied.

Unit 1 driver and passenger were transported to the hospital for complaint of pain. The officer was transported to the hospital for scrapes and complaint of pain.

There is no further information available at this time.

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Police Post Pics of Alleged Prostitution Johns to Facebook

This seems pretty self-explanatory: Try to buy sex from a hooker in Philadelphia, and your mugshot might end up on the police department’s Facebook page:

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WATCH: John Oliver Criticizes Philly Forfeiture Practices

The latest John Oliver rant features the topic of civil forfeiture, the police practice of seizing property — cash, houses, cars, and more — that might be related to the commission of a crime. Often, though, police walk off with cash even when there’s the barest evidence of a crime.

And yes, Philly gets a cameo, starting about the 11:30 mark:

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