Stories tagged: "Philadelphia Police Department"


FILE - In this June 4, 2020, file photo, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, center, and Mayor Jim Kenney, 4th left, meet with people in Philadelphia after days of protest over the May 25 death of George Floyd. Outlaw defended her actions during days of widespread protests against police brutality this summer after an independent report harshly criticized her direct decision making. The critique came in a report conducted by two independent firms and released by the city controller's office on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Defends Use of Tear Gas, ‘Less Lethal Munitions’ During Protests

Philadelphia's police commissioner is defending her department and the city's response to days of widespread protests against police brutality last summer.

Police stand along Benjamin Franklin Parkway as City Hall stands in the background in 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
With Voters’ Support, Philly Moves Toward New Police Oversight Commission

“Right now, we are created by executive order. In theory, if you get a different mayor sometime in the future, the mayor could eradicate it. Now, it can’t be destroyed," said the acting executive director of the existing commission.

A parking violation envelope is affixed to the windshield of a Hummer vehicle parked near the Pennsylvania Convention Center where votes are being counted, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Philadelphia. Police said Friday they arrested two men Thursday for not having permits to carry firearms near the center. Police said the men acknowledged that the Hummer spotted by officers near the center was was their vehicle. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Body Cam Footage of Walter Wallace Jr. Shooting Sparks More Protests in Philly

Police said they shot Walter Wallace Jr. on Oct. 26 because he had a knife and ignored orders to put it down. Wallace never raised the knife or lunged or ran toward officers.

A Philadelphia police officer holds Rickia Young's son after police swarmed the SUV Young was driving, smashed the windows, beat Young and her 16-year-old nephew, and grabbed the toddler from the vehicle just after midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The National Fraternal Order of Police shared the image on its Facebook page on Wednesday, with a lie about the incident.(Screenshot)
Cops Took a Toddler From His Mother, Beat Her, and Then Said the Boy Was ‘Lost’

An attorney for the boy's mother called out the cops on their lie and said the little boy is now "terrified because of what the police did."

Attorney Shaka Johnson, who is representing the family of Walter Wallace Jr., speaks during a news conference on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. He called on the Philadelphia Police Department to equip all of its officers with Tasers and teach officers how to use them. (Screenshot from AP Video)
Walter Wallace Jr.’s Family Attorney Says Police ‘Intended’ to Kill Wallace

Attorney Shaka Johnson called for every officer in the Philadelphia Police Department to be equipped with Tasers.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw listens to community members gathered near the site where police shot and killed Walter Wallace Jr. on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (Screenshot)
Philadelphia Officials: ‘We Need to Do a Better Job’ in Handling Mental Health Crises

"We don't have a behavioral health unit, which is sorely needed," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said. "There's clearly a disconnect on our end in terms of knowing what's out there."

Sharif Proctor lifts his hands up in front of the police line during a protest in response to the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Philadelphia. Police officers fatally shot the 27-year-old Black man during a confrontation Monday afternoon in West Philadelphia that quickly raised tensions in the neighborhood. (Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Philadelphia Police Killed Another Young Black Man—This Time in Front of His Mother

Hundreds of protesters filled the streets of West Philadelphia Monday night, just hours after Philadelphia Police shot and killed a young Black man in the middle of the street.