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3 Reasons the Case Against “Tainted Justice” Doesn’t Add Up

Something doesn’t add up. The Inquirer on Friday did something pretty unusual: It printed a takedown of the reporting behind the Daily News’ Pulitzer-winning “Tainted […]

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Officer Wounded, Suspect Dead in Overnight Shootout

[UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.] Police released the name of the deceased suspect, David Ellis, along with his mugshot (at the bottom of this post). Ellis had […]

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How to Better Police the Philadelphia Police

While it’s difficult to think about police issues beyond what’s going on in Ferguson this week, Philadelphia is in the thick of a police problem of its own. And […]

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Did Philly’s Former Police Commissioner Develop Ferguson’s Crackdown Techniques?

One bit of irony regarding the massive police crackdown on protesters (and journalists) in Ferguson, Mo. this week: Democracy advocates in the Middle East began […]

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Narcotics Cop Investigated for Lying

It’s only been two days since Inquirer columnist Karen Heller — memorably, we thought at the time — promised that we’d see another narcotics squad […]

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Internal Affairs Investigating Police Response to Alleged 2nd Street Assault

On Sunday night, a man allegedly punched a woman on the street after the 2nd Street Festival in Northern Liberties. The punch was described by […]

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PHOTO: Suspect Identified in Killing of 3-Year-Old

This is Brandon Ruffin. Police say he’s their remaining suspect in Friday night’s shooting that killed a 3-year-old girl. Douglas Woods, 22, has been charged […]

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In Other Parts of Pa., Judges Kind of Not Punishing Pot Use Anymore

Decriminalization may be slow a’coming in Philadelphia — no matter how much even the stuffiest corners of establishment society seem to want it— But pot-friendly […]

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Are Narcotics Corrupting the Police Force?

Well, it finally happened: Philadelphia’s war on drugs finally caught some white guys in its net. The bad news: They all happened to be working […]

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New Police Contract Creates $70 Million Budget Hole

One thing about the big raise an arbitrator granted to Philly Police last week: City Hall hadn’t really budgeted for it. The raise — officers […]

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Philly Police Freak Out Over Theater Company’s Bomb Prop

We can’t blame the police for being a bit alarmed when this contraption was discovered near 12th and Vine on Friday morning. They shut down […]

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Committee of Seventy Calls for Police Oversight Board

Following Wednesday’s announcement of federal charges against six Philadelphia police officers, the Committee of Seventy today called for the creation of a permanent police oversight […]

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Philly Police Get a Raise, and a Rebuke

Mayor Nutter F.O.P head John McCain Nearby and others announces new contract for police pic.twitter.com/rO0O9nYPX0 — Tom MacDonald–WHYY (@TMacDonaldWHYY) July 31, 2014 Philadelphia’s police officers […]

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UPDATE: Philly Cops Charged With Robbing, Extorting Drug Dealers

[Update 1:14 p.m.] Philly Police have released an official announcement, along with photos of each officer:   The press release: Today July 30, 2014, the United […]

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Philadelphia Police Officer Arrested Over Fights With Children

On Tuesday afternoon, Philadelphia Police announced the arrest of 35-year-old police officer Tamika Gross, the result of an investigation by the District Attorney’s office and […]