What’s in Store for Philly’s Police Union in 2017

Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby looks ahead to a busy 2017.

Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby (left) looks ahead to a busy 2017 that will include supporting a candidate to unseat District Attorney Seth Williams (center), working with state Rep. Martina White (top, right) on a bill that addresses police shootings, and dealing with the uncertain fallout of president-elect Donald Trump’s administration.

John McNesby sounds like he’s in a good mood when he picks up the phone a few days before Christmas. The president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 is tending to some odds and ends around the office, putting the finishing touches on what has proven to be an interesting year for the union and the 6,100 or so members who make up Philadelphia’s police force. Read more »

How Drug Busts in Kensington Could Make Things Even Worse

Philadelphia police drug bust press conference

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The police laid the drugs, the money, and the guns on the table. The cameras rolled. And another victory in the drug war was declared.

After a string of at least 35 polydrug overdose deaths earlier this month, the cops moved in. From December 14th to 16th, Philadelphia police made 176 arrests in the East Detective Division, which includes Feltonville, Hunting Park, Juniata, Kensington, Port Richmond, and other parts of North Philly. At a press conference on the 20th, they showed off 21 guns, almost $50,000 in cash, and what the department said was $200,000 worth of heroin and other drugs. Read more »

Philly Cop Charged With Attempted Murder of Son

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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 »

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