President Barack Obama has nominated former Mumia Abu-Jamal lawyer Debo Adegbile to head the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, and a lot of people are not OK with that. Read more »
The Philadelphia Police Department is in the process of implementing a new policy on how it interacts with transgender people. Philly.com reports that officials worked with the LGBT community to put together a nine-page directive that instructs cops on everything from proper pronoun usage to basic definitions of trans men and women.
After a heartening year with the fewest homicides since 1967, Philadelphia police announced the first victims of 2014 this morning.
With any snowstorm in Philadelphia comes people trying to save the parking spots they’ve dug out on the street. They use lawn chairs. They use orange cones. They use trash cans. Read more »
Sunday’s Inquirer published a fascinating piece on Philly’s big murder drop–2013 is on track for 80 fewer murders than in 2012–featuring a few likely explanations why.
The most alarming part of the Inquirer’s weekend story detailing the possible revival of “nickel ride” abuses by the Philadelphia Police Department wasn’t the (alleged) corruption described or the (alleged) injuries inflicted.
This was the most alarming part of the Inky’s story:
Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey declined repeated requests for an interview on the issue. His department also rejected requests to provide a statistical breakdown of cases in which police were disciplined for violating policies on transporting suspects.
Here’s the good news: The murder rate in Philadelphia has slowed so much that if the year ended today, the city would see a nearly 40 percent drop in violent deaths. Here’s the bad news: The year isn’t ending today.
For some reason, Don Lemon’s tenure in Philadelphia as a WCAU NBC 10 news reporter doesn’t stick out in my mind, probably because he existed well below the radar. He was a weekend anchor at the station for several years, and then went on to the big time at CNN.
He is still an anchor with the network today. But in the last year or so, the self-proclaimed “Twitter King” has joined the hijinks of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show to preach his ever-evolving doctrine of black respectability politics on Tuesday and Thursdays.
He’s giving Bill Cosby a run for his money.