6ABC reports that former narcotics officer Jeffrey Walker pleaded guilty to robbery and weapons charges in a case that could lead to a string of more, high-profile police corruption cases in Philadelphia.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said he will ask for a grand jury investigation into allegations a teen was injured by his officers during a stop-and-frisk stop; on Thursday, though, he said that evidence found that Darrin Manning had not suffered a ruptured testicle in the incident, as he alleged.
Whither the roundhouse? The Inquirer reports:“City Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell introduced two bills Thursday that would authorize the city to borrow as much as $250 million to convert the vacant Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building in her West Philadelphia district into a modern police hub. The 87-year-old landmark, at 46th and Market Streets, has been empty for a half-dozen years, and the move could be transformative not only for the Police Department but for the surrounding neighborhood. The new headquarters would allow police to vacate the aging and cramped administration building at Eighth and Race Streets – the legendary ’roundhouse.’”
6ABC reports Philadelphia Police will be on hand for Sunday’s Super Bowl in New Jersey: “The Philadelphia Police Department’s Counter-Terrorist Unit is a key part of the security plan for the Big Game. It is a plan that will include a total of 3,000 law-enforcement professionals. New Jersey State Police made sure to bring in Philadelphia’s Anti-Terror Unit because it is one of only a handful across the country with the technology, equipment, and training needed to secure an event of the Super Bowl’s magnitude.”
News emerged this week that a Philly teen suffered a ruptured testicle during a stop-and-frisk encounter with police. Mary Catherine Roper is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU of Pennsylvania, which has challenged the stop-and-frisk policies of the Philadelphia Police. She spoke with Philly Mag about where those efforts stand:
President Barack Obama has nominated former Mumia Abu-Jamal lawyer Debo Adegbile to head the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, and a lot of people are not OK with that. Read more »
The Philadelphia Police Department is in the process of implementing a new policy on how it interacts with transgender people. Philly.com reports that officials worked with the LGBT community to put together a nine-page directive that instructs cops on everything from proper pronoun usage to basic definitions of trans men and women.
After a heartening year with the fewest homicides since 1967, Philadelphia police announced the first victims of 2014 this morning.
With any snowstorm in Philadelphia comes people trying to save the parking spots they’ve dug out on the street. They use lawn chairs. They use orange cones. They use trash cans. Read more »