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screen shots from a video of Ryan Dubiel deploying pepper spray against a Black teen who was just sitting on a step
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White South Jersey Cop Who Casually Pepper-Sprayed Black Teen Is Banned From Holding Any Public Job In the State

Back in June, we told you about Ryan Dubiel, the white Woodlynne police officer who was caught on video pepper-spraying a Black teen who wasn’t […]

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Inside the Fight to Abolish Police in Philadelphia

It’s an incredible idea, one that’s been percolating for a long time in Philadelphia and other cities. Certainly, all of YahNé Ndgo’s life. A 48-year-old […]

philly police gather on 52nd street in west philadelphia on may 31st, and the actions of police in that neighborhood have led to two new lawsuits
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City Slammed with Two New Lawsuits Over Philly Police Actions at Protests

A roundup of news from the Philadelphia area. City Faces New Lawsuits Over Use of Force By Philly Police at Protests While city leaders and […]

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Prosecutors Investigating After Wildwood Cop Punches Man In Head Over and Over Again

A roundup of Philly news. This post may be updated at any time as new information becomes available. Video: Wildwood Cop Punches Man In Head […]

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Yes, Defund the Police, But Here Are More Ways to Abolish Cop Culture

At this point, “defund the police” has become a household term as conversations about fighting against racial injustice have advanced. The details and meanings of […]

woodlynne cop ryan dubiel pepper spraying a teen who was sitting on a stoop
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White South Jersey Cop Charged After Pepper Spraying Black Teen Who Was Just Sitting on a Stoop

UPDATE 1/14/2021: Ryan Dubiel has pleaded guilty to simple assault. He has been banned from holding any public job in the state of New Jersey. […]

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Here’s What’s in Mayor Kenney’s Police Reform Proposal — and What Local Activists Think About It

The past two weeks of protests over the death of George Floyd — among the most sustained and widespread mass demonstrations in American history — […]

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Now That Frank Rizzo Is Gone, Maybe It’s Time to Talk About Those Christopher Columbus Statues

A roundup of Philly news. This post may be updated at any time as new information becomes available. First Frank Rizzo. Are Those Christopher Columbus […]

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Philadelphia Community Bail Fund’s Candace McKinley on Why We Need Bail Reform Now

The tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others have ignited protests around the country and brought the inextricable consequences of police brutality and […]

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Lower Merion Police Say Lower Merion Police Did Nothing Wrong in Controversial Stop

The officers who ordered 56-year-old Nathaniel Williams to his knees, then handcuffed him, in a stop connected to a reported robbery at a TD Bank […]

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Will Police Reforms Work in Philly?

Some discouraging news for advocates of police reform in Philadelphia: A new Washington Post/Frontline investigation has revealed “mixed results” in other cities where the Justice […]

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South Ardmore Residents Speak Out Against Police Treatment

Correction: A quote in the original publication of this story was incorrectly attributed to Commissioner Joshua Grimes. It was actually said by Commissioner Brian Gordon.  The snow […]

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Obama, in Philly, Calls for Transformation of Criminal Justice System

  President Obama called for an overhaul of the criminal justice system Tuesday in Philadelphia, telling the national convention of the NAACP that the current […]

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Police Union Challenges Federal Reforms

The union that represents Philadelphia Police has filed unfair labor practice charges against the city for implementing reforms recommended by the U.S. Department of Justice. […]

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Police Reform Can’t Happen Behind Closed Doors

Here’s what we know: Sometime today, members of the Police Community Oversight Board — the 24-member panel appointed by Mayor Nutter to oversee police reform […]