Philadelphia Police say an officer shot and killed an armed man Monday in the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia. The incident began when police pulled over a rented Dodge Charger with Florida tags at 2:30 this morning on the 6700 block of Frankford Avenue.
A group of about 75 protesters denounced the proposed move of police headquarters to West Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Police have long planned to move to the former Provident Mutual Life Insurance building at 46th and Market streets. The Roundhouse, police headquarters at 8th and Race streets, is considered to be the worst building ever by pretty much everyone who has ever worked in it.
A community meeting was held last night about the move at West Philadelphia High School ; protesters didn’t disrupt it.
CBS Philly reports the city’s police officers are being required to watch an eight-minute video from Mayor Nutter before they hit the street during shifts over the next three days.
The video is meant as encouragement — and caution — in the wake of police controversies in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.
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There has been a guilty verdict in the shooting death of Philadelphia police officer Moses Walker. Today, judge Jeffrey P. Minehart found Rafael Jones guilty of murder. Jones had agreed to a bench trial in exchange for prosecutors dropping the possibility of the death penalty.
Jones faces a mandatory life sentence without parole for the murder conviction, though he was not sentenced today.
On December 7th, the Bucks County Courier Times ran a syndicated political cartoon from Chris Britt. In that cartoon, minority children waiting for Santa ask him, “Keep us safe from the police.” It’s a reference to the several killings of unarmed black men by police officers this year, including the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland.
As a reaction, Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby — a man who may wish to become our next state senator — fired off a letter to the Courier Times and its editor, Patricia Walker.
It was a reasoned and measured response:
The U.S. Department of Justice has delivered a draft report to the Philadelphia Police Department on how to curb officer-related shootings in the city, the Baltimore Sun reports. (Yes, we’re confused by that too.)
Commissioner Charles Ramsey asked the feds to investigate his agency last year after a Philly.com investigation showed that shootings by police were rising even though overall crime in the city was coming down. Ramsey did not describe the recommendations in the draft report, but seemed pleased by what the Justice Department found.
Jeffrey Cujdik has his job back.
Cujdik is one of the Philadelphia narcotics officers implicated in the Daily News’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Tainted Justice” series. No charges were brought against Cujdik or any of the cops written about in the series; the Inquirer wrote a scathing piece on the series. (Our own Joel Mathis wasn’t quite convinced.)
But Police Commissioner Charles Ramsay fired Cujdik in May despite prosecutors’ decision not to file charges. Now, an arbitrator has reinstated Cujdik, though he won’t return to narcotics and won’t get back pay. A 30-day suspension will remain on his record.
As an attorney accuses the Philadelphia Police of “crucifying” the man known as Philly Jesus, further infuriating those who find the character’s whole act sacrilegious, there just might be some method to the madness behind arresting a guy dressed as the Son of God.
For a lesson in madness there is no better place to go than New York City, Times Square to be precise.
Have you been recently? It is a children’s fantasy nightmare straight out of a Fellini Film. People dressed like Elmo, Mickey and Minnie, Batman, Hello Kitty, Buzz and Woody stalk you and your children to take pictures. Sometimes there are as many as 80 of them and the costumes are just off enough, just dingy enough to make them a tad frightening. Imagine your childhood favorites recreated by Edvard Munch. And if you don’t tip them a few bucks, things can get out of hand fast.
So: Thank God for our dystopian Orwellian future, eh?
I kid — kind of. But we’re all glad that Carlesha Freeland-Gaither is alive and well and restored to her family today, aren’t we? So maybe we should talk about one of the reasons that’s the case.
That reason? Cameras, cameras everywhere.
We’re guessing that the Philadelphia police officer captured in the below video didn’t realize someone was recording him as he threatened a teenager near Overbrook High School recently. Read more »