Lawyers Say Stop-and-Frisk Still Targets Black Residents in Philly

A report released earlier this month found that stop-and-frisk practices were slowly improving in Philly.

But follow-up analysis compiled by the same group – plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the city – claims that stop-and-frisk still disproportionately affects minority residents – particularly black men and women.

According to data released yesterday, black pedestrians accounted for 70 percent of stop-and-frisks conducted in Philly in the second half of 2016. Black and Latino residents were the target of 77 percent of stop-and-frisks during that same time period. Read more »

Neighbors Outraged That Police Didn’t Arrest the Driver of This SUV

An image from the surveillance video. The light-colored SUV can be seen on the sidewalk, just seconds after allegedly striking a child.

Tuesday was almost a tragic day for a woman and her young son in Kensington. A light-colored SUV jumped a curb and hit the child, neighbors say, and someone inside the car allegedly tossed four bags of heroin out the vehicle just after it happened. And now the neighbors want to know why no one has been arrested. Read more »

Police Investigating Report of Sexual Assault at Frankford High

Frankford High School via Google Maps

UPDATE: Police have arrested and charged an 18-year-old male and a 17-year-old male in what they allege was the attempted rape of a 14-year-old female student.

Police reportedly say the 18-year-old allegedly pushed the 14-year-old into a bathroom and attempted to sexually assault her while the 17-year-old stood outside. The incident was broken up when a teacher heard the girl yelling, according to police. 

The 18-year-old has been charged with attempted rape and related charges, and the 17-year-old has been charged with conspiracy to commit rape and other offenses.

Philadelphia police are investigating sexual assault report at Frankford High School.

The PPD said they received a report of a female student being sexually assaulted at the school, located on the 5000 block of Oxford Avenue in Frankford, on Wednesday.  Read more »

WATCH: Thieves Tunnel Through West Philly Stores

Philadelphia police are looking for two thieves who they say were caught on camera tunneling into a store in West Philadelphia.

According to police, two suspects breached The Church of God, located on 4817 Chester Avenue, around 4 a.m. on April 18th before breaking through a wall inside the church to enter a neighboring cellphone store called Unwired Solutions, located at 4821 Chester Avenue.  Read more »

Beer Store Owner Charged in Shooting of Alleged Teen Vandal

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department

Police have charged the owner of a Northeast Philadelphia beer store for shooting a teenager who allegedly trashed his store earlier this week.

Hanglong Ing, 26, is charged with aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of an instrument of crime and recklessly endangering another person, among other charges.  Read more »

Report: PPD Stop-And-Frisk Practices Slowly Improving

Philadelphia Police

Stop-and-frisks conducted by the Philadelphia Police Department declined by 35 percent between 2015-16, according to a new report.

The report is the seventh compiled by lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union as well as the law firm of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing and Feinberg since they entered a consent decree with the PPD in 2011, following a class-action lawsuit accusing police of illegally stopping, frisking, searching and detaining thousands of people (disproportionately people of color) each year.  Read more »

Philly Cop Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department

A Philadelphia police officer was arrested on child pornography charges yesterday.

Officials said Emmanuel Folly, a 25-year-old officer assigned to the 18th District, surrendered himself to police following a child pornography investigation by the department’s Special Victims Unit.  Read more »

Arrests Made, One Officer Injured in Center City Teen Flash Mob

A flash mob that involved hundreds of kids yesterday in Center City left one police officer injured and reportedly resulted in the arrest of about 10 teenagers.

Officials told the Philly.com that the officer was injured around 5:30 p.m., when police first received calls informing them of a large group of teens fighting around the 1500 block of Chestnut Street. The officer reportedly suffered minor injuries.

SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel III said transit police arrested 10 teens as the flash mobs continued to break out. Four teens are awaiting possible aggravated assault charges, according to Philly.com.

Nestel tweeted that the flash mob was “definitely the worst” he’s seen.

According to 6ABC, one boy who was allegedly assaulted in the subway was taken to Jefferson University Hospital for observation.

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Philly Police Adopt First-Ever Tattoo Policy

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Philadelphia police officer Ian Hans Lichtermann |Photo courtesy of Evan Parish Matthews

The Philadelphia Police Department will soon enforce its first-ever tattoo policy – forbidding on-duty officers from having “offensive, extremist, indecent, racist or sexist” tattoos, according to the InquirerRead more »

Philly Cop Shooting on Trump’s List of “Under-Reported” Attacks

L: TK | R: Courtesy of Philadelphia Police

L: Donald Trump via Michael Vadon (license) | R: Officer Jesse Hartnett, Courtesy of Philadelphia Police

Following a meeting yesterday during which President Donald Trump accused media outlets of failing to properly publicize terrorist attacks, the White House listed 78 incidents that it claims were “under-reported” by the media – including the January 2016 shooting of a Philly cop.  Read more »

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