(Update) Nutter Offers $20K Reward in Hit-and-Run

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[Update 12:35 p.m.] Police have released video from the incident. It does not show the precise moment of impact, but be warned it may still be difficult to watch:

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[Original] Mayor Nutter is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a driver whose SUV struck and killed a 4-year-old boy Monday night in Southwest Philly. Read more »

Philly Police Looking for Info on Unidentified Woman

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Police are looking for the identity of this woman.

Philadelphia Police are looking for help identifying a woman found at 54th and Chestnut on Wednesday. She did not appear to be hurt, but police say she was disoriented. She was taken to Misericordia Hospital for observation.

She does not speak English. A police officer talked to her in Mandarin Chinese, but she wouldn’t tell the officer her name or give any information. Later, she was not able to provide any information to a detective talking through a translator. Read more »

Narco Cops Trial: “This Is Training Day for Real”

Training Day starred Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington.

Training Day starred Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington. It starred in Wednesday’s testimony.

If nothing else, the trial of six former Philadelphia Police officers accused of shaking down drug dealers is becoming a cornucopia of pop culture references.

On Monday, witnesses referenced deceased mobster John Gotti and Al Pacino’s role in the movie Scarface. On Tuesday, as testimony continued, the Denzel Washington movie Training Day became relevant. Read more »

Drug Dealer: “I Thought I Was Being Robbed” by Police

Testimony started today in the trial of six former Philadelphia Police officers accused by federal prosecutors of conspiring to rob and shake down the very drug dealers they were investigating.

First witness: Robert Kushner, now a 32-year-old part-time high school basketball coach living with his mother — but in fall 2007 a full-time pot dealer pulling down “a couple thousand” dollars a week.

He testified today he was stopped by police in October 2007 while driving to his girlfriend’s house: He was carrying a half-pound of marijuana to drop off with a friend, and $30,000 in cash to pay off a drug connection.  Read more »

Nutter Orders Creation of Police Oversight Board

Mayor Michael Nutter today ordered the creation of a new independent oversight board to monitor the Philadelphia Police Department as it implements reforms recommended in this week’s report from the Department of Justice.

“It is clear changes need to be made with the use of force, the use of lethal force, all across our city,” Nutter said. “It is an important report, it is a good report on the things we need to do, the things we need to change.”  Read more »

10 Takeaways From the Department of Justice Report on Philly Police

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. AP | Matt Rourke

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. AP | Matt Rourke

There is an “undercurrent of significant strife” between Philadelphia Police and the community they serve, the U.S. Department of Justice reported today.

The federal review — undertaken by the feds at the invitation of Commissioner Charles Ramsey, after reporting showed that police-involved shootings had risen despite an overall drop in the crime rate — found that police training in using less-than-lethal force was inconsistent and, at times, insufficient, and that a “lack of transparency” about such incidents had helped cement distrust in the community.  Read more »

Tate-Brown’s Mother Calls for Peaceful Protest

Tanya Dickerson, center, is flanked by Asa Khalif, left, and Brian Mildenberg, right, during a press conference on Thursday. Dickerson's son, Brandon Tate-Brown, was shot to death by police in December; DA Seth Williams announced earier in the day no charges would be filed in the death.

Tanya Dickerson, center, is flanked by Asa Khalif, left, and Brian Mildenberg, right, during a press conference on Thursday. Dickerson’s son, Brandon Tate-Brown, was shot to death by police in December; DA Seth Williams announced earier in the day no charges would be filed in the death.

A day after a protest in her son’s name erupted into a violent skirmish at a community meeting on policing, the mother of Brandon Tate-Brown issued a statement rejecting violence and calling for peaceful protests.

“Ms. Brown-Dickerson rejects all forms of non-peaceful protest,” said the statement issued by Brian Mildenberg, the attorney for Tanya Brown-Dickerson. “Ms. Brown-Dickerson rejects all form of violence. Ms. Brown-Dickerson calls for peaceful protests in the manner of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The statement also called for a toning down of rhetoric directed at Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and District Attorney Seth Williams. “Any protesters who speak to these public servants disrespectfully are urged to behave with dignity, and to peacefully protest,” it said.

Williams on Thursday announced he would not bring charges against the officers involved in the shooting of Tate-Brown, 26, who died in a December incident. Police said it appeared he was reaching for a gun in his car when the shot him; Tate-Brown’s family disputes that account. Read more »

WATCH: Protest Over Tate-Brown Shooting Turns Violent at Community Meeting

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Thursday night’s town hall on policing at Lawncrest Recreation Center was scheduled weeks before D.A. Seth Williams announced that he would not bring charges in the killing of Brandon Tate-Brown. But that announcement today assured that emotions would be running high, and just as soon as the meeting opened with the introduction of Commissioner Charles Ramsey, protest broke out. Things escalated from there. The meeting eventually resumed; numerous protesters were reportedly arrested, none requiring medical attention. Read more »

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