Philadelphia police are investigating an assistant city solicitor in connection with anti-Trump graffiti found on the side of an upscale supermarket in Chestnut Hill on November 25th, according to the Inquirer — and the Republican Party of Philadelphia wants him fired. Read more »
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams says he has formed a six-person Hate Crimes Task Force to “vigorously prosecute” hate crimes in the city. Read more »
When Dorion Young’s son walked away from him at the end of a holiday argument about the use of the car, the Philadelphia police officer raised his pistol and fired two shots at him. One went through his shoe. The other hit him in the back.
That’s according to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, who announced Young’s arrest today at a press conference. The incident happened inside Young’s home on September 5th, Labor Day, in the Holme Circle section of Northeast Philadelphia. He was off duty.
“If you are a Philadelphia police officer, elected official or private citizen, you cannot use your gun to try to end an argument,” Williams said in prepared remarks during a press conference at the DA’s office. “Everyone, no matter who you are, no matter what you job is, no matter if you are rich or poor, will be held accountable for their actions. While this is a terrible, I repeat, terrible tragedy, there’s no excuse for what happened that day. Dorion Young will be held responsible for having shot his son.” Read more »
A Center City resident was reportedly injured when he opened a package containing an explosive device around 4 a.m. this morning in his home on the 1800 block of Pine Street. Read more »
Philadelphia police are searching for two men who allegedly climbed through a City Hall window yesterday. Read more »
Many Kensington residents were likely wondering what the hell was happening when a hot air balloon carrying four people descended from the clouds into a neighborhood baseball field on Wednesday evening. Read more »
Police have arrested two teenagers allegedly involved in a flash mob attack that left at least six injured in Center City on Saturday night. Read more »
District Attorney Seth Williams on Thursday morning outlined a handful of new steps his office is taking to assure the public that investigations into police shootings are conducted fairly.
The new protocol — which has already drawn the ire of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 — will require an on-duty prosecutor from the office’s Special Investigations Unit to head to the scene of all police shootings, then review paperwork and and speak to police officials. In the event of a fatal shooting, the prosecutor will additionally contact the victim’s family and invite them to the D.A.’s Office to discuss how the ensuing investigation will unfold. Read more »
Philadelphia police have charged a 16-year-old who allegedly shot two people with a paintball gun on Temple University’s Main Campus on Sunday. Read more »