Police Investigate Mysterious Death at Center City Hotel

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Police are investigating the death of a 75-year-old man whose body was found in a Center City hotel.

Investigators told Philly Mag today that the man’s identity isn’t being made available until an autopsy is complete. But 6ABC said it was told by sources the man is a “prominent psychiatrist” whose office is a few blocks away from the Rodeway Hotel in the 1200 block of Walnut, where the body was found. Read more »

Brandon Tate-Brown Was Killed a Year Ago Today

Tanya Brown-Dickerson, center, is flanked by Asa Khalif, left, and Brian Mildenberg, right, during a press conference in March. Dickerson’s son, Brandon Tate-Brown, was shot to death by police in December.

Tanya Brown-Dickerson, center, is flanked by Asa Khalif, left, and Brian Mildenberg, right, during a press conference in March. Dickerson’s son, Brandon Tate-Brown, was shot to death by police in December.

Today marks one year since Philadelphia Police shot Brandon Tate-Brown, fueling the city’s #BlackLivesMatter movement. The anniversary will be remembered with an afternoon rally at City Hall — but the fight over the shooting and its meaning could continue for years to come.

Tate-Brown was 26 when he died during a traffic stop with police. Officers said there was a gun in his rented car — initially they said he was reaching for it when he was shot, later they revised the story to say he was running around the back side of the car. His family has brought a federal lawsuit against the police department, alleging that Tate-Brown’s constitutional rights were violated in the shooting.

That lawsuit, still in its early stages, may take a while to resolve. But here’s three ways his death made life different in Philly during the last year: Read more »

WATCH: Police Seek “Persons of Interest” in Nightclub Murder

"The Philadelphia Police Department Homicide Unit is looking to identify the two individuals depicted in this video as part of an ongoing investigation into a murder that occurred on Sunday October 11th, 2015 at approximately 2:55 am, outside of the Tierra Columbiana Night Club located on the 4500 block of North 5th Street."

The Philadelphia Police Department Homicide Unit is looking to identify the two individuals depicted in this video as part of an ongoing investigation into a murder that occurred on Sunday October 11, 2015, at approximately 2:55 a.m., outside of the Tierra Colombiana Night Club located on the 4500 block of North 5th Street.

Philadelphia Police are offering a $20,000 reward for help solving an October homicide outside a North Philadelphia nightclub.

The incident took place just before 3 a.m. Sunday, October 11th, outside the Tierra Colombiana Night Club, located on the 4500 block of North Fifth Street. Police say that, after leaving the club, two victims were beaten and kicked about the head and face by several other men who had also been inside the club. One victim, Antonio Bautista Guzman, 22, of Ridley Park, later died of his injuries.
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Police Seeking Man, Woman Impersonating Cops in South Philly

The Philadelphia Police Department is on the lookout for two, possibly more, individuals who robbed one person and attempted to rob another while impersonating Philadelphia Police officers in South Philadelphia in the early morning hours on Sunday.

In the first incident, a 23-year-old woman was walking home at 4:30 a.m. when a man and a woman in a silver Nissan pulled up to her near Fourth and Jackson streets. Both persons got out of the car, and the man flashed a badge and said he was a police officer. The man then told the complainant to come to him and that she would be arrested if she resisted. The woman ran away instead, and the “police” car headed north on 5th Street while the woman who was stopped called police to report a disturbance. Read more »

Don’t Let What Happened to Laquan McDonald Happen in Philadelphia

Laquan McDonald, seconds before he was shot.

Laquan McDonald, seconds before he was shot.

If you’re a Pennsylvanian who is angry about what happened in Chicago with Laquan McDonald, you should be furious with what legislators in Harrisburg are trying to do.

McDonald, if you’re unaware, was a 17-year-old black teen who was shot to death during an encounter with police a year ago. Police said that McDonald, armed with a knife, lunged at them. A video released last week shows that actually, McDonald was stepping away from police at the time he was shot. The video shows bullets hitting his body long after he hit the ground.

The good news? The officer who shot McDonald — 16 times, by the way, emptying his gun — will face criminal charges. The bad news? Those charges weren’t brought until just before the video was released, some 400 days after the shooting. The video was released only because a judge ordered it; there’s every reason to believe the officer might not’ve been charged without the video’s publication to the world.

Public scrutiny, it seems, works.

What’s this have to do with Harrisburg? Read more »

Ramsey Comes Out Against Cop-Cloaking Bill in Harrisburg

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey poses with other police officers Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey poses with other police officers Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

Philadelphia’s top cop is pushing back against a bill that would cloak the identities of officers in “police-involved shootings.”

CBS Philly reports that outgoing Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told KYW Newsradio, “I’m against it. I think it’s a huge mistake.” (His comments came before a Pennsylvania state trooper was wounded during a shootout on I-676 late Tuesday morning.)

The union representing Philadelphia’s police officers has been pushing hard for House Bill 1538, which would generally keep confidential the identity of officers involved in shootings, unless they are charged with a crime after an investigation. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support, and the Senate is expected to take it up soon. Read more »

Philly’s Murder Count About to Exceed Last Year’s, With a Whole Month to Go

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[Update 4:30 p.m.] Since we posted the story, two more homicides have been reported:

[Original 3 pm] It has been quite a year so far here in Philadelphia. From the Pope Francis visit to the election of a progressive new mayor to an influx of new businesses, ideas, investments and millennials, Philadelphia seems better and more poised for greatness than ever. But then you get to the bad news, which is never in short supply. Among those less-reassuring facts: Our homicide numbers are climbing. Read more »

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