police-reform

Biden lays out a ‘fund the police’ budget plan

BY: - March 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is requesting billions in its fiscal 2023 budget from Congress to fund police departments, despite progressive Democrats’ calls for some of that spending to be reallocated to social services. President Joe Biden’s budget request to Congress unveiled Monday asks for $30 billion for state and local governments to add more […]

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A Philly cop killed a 12-year-old. What happened to police reform in Pa.? | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 14, 2022

Between 2010 and 2020, Philadelphia paid out $136M to settle police misconduct claims, mostly for use of force incidents, according to the Washington Post .

Allentown Police in line to undergo active bystander training. We found out what it’s all about

BY: - January 17, 2022

It's all 'about people stepping up and stepping in if they see something that shouldn't be happening,' an official said.

Taking the reins, new Pgh Mayor Ed Gainey addresses questions of police-community relations

BY: - January 4, 2022

Pittsburgh's first Black chief executive promised 'a city where affordability isn’t a luxury, and a city that is prepared to lead into the future.'

Meet Charles Roca, Allentown’s first Latino police chief

BY: - December 21, 2021

Roca, who speaks Spanish, is taking over at a time when Blacks and Latinos in Allentown and across the U.S. are fed up with a system that funnels minorities into the criminal justice system at higher rates and labels students in underfunded schools as failures.

A parking ticket ended with a police shooting. After 4 years, the defendant has yet to go to trial

BY: - December 11, 2021

Todd Robinson’s attorney will argue next week that he has been denied his right to a speedy trial.

Law enforcement advisory panel offers recommendations for policing reforms

BY: - December 10, 2021

The Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission, created by Gov. Tom Wolf last year, is made up of 21 voting members, including one representative from each of Pennsylvania’s 15 state police troops, and is tasked with reviewing law enforcement practices in the commonwealth and offering recommendations on areas of improvement, including areas such as use-of-force, police-involved shootings and bias-based policing practices. 

Pgh NAACP slams ‘lack of transparency’ in probe of Black man who died in police custody

BY: - November 22, 2021

Jim Rogers died Oct. 14 after being tasered by a police officer. Activists want answers -- and accountability.

Turning ‘pain into purpose’: In Philly visit, Jacob Blake’s father, activists tackle police reform

BY: - November 15, 2021

The Philadelphia NAACP's Youth Council recently hosted a panel discussion on police shootings of Black people.

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Philadelphia has led the way on driving equality. Harrisburg and D.C. need to do the same | Opinion

BY: - November 12, 2021

We’ve started something big, but we need to continue to listen to constituents and pass bold, innovative solutions.

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We need to find a better way to balance police budgets | Roger Chesley

BY: - November 5, 2021

Local police officers shouldn't be revenue-generators for their municipalities. Making the switch would improve police-community relations.

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House bill aims to protect intellectually disabled from false confessions | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 12, 2021

Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Police reform measures may have lost some of the momentum they had in Harrisburg in the days after last April’s conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, but that hasn’t stopped some lawmakers from continuing to press the case for badly needed change. The newest proposal comes from state Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, […]