Chris Palmer, Philly Inquirer

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Philly SWAT officer to be fired for pepper spraying kneeling protesters on 676

Richard Nicoletti, 35, has been suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss after he was captured on video pulling down protesters masks and pepper spraying them as they knelt in the middle of Interstate 676 earlier this month. → Read More

Philly Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, Mayor Jim Kenney apologize for tear gassing protesters on 676

Kenney and Outlaw said videos that have surfaced since the June 1 demonstration clearly contradicted the explanations they previously supplied about why tear gas was used on the highway. → Read More

Pa. State Police release dashcam video of Philly protesters on I-676

The four hours of footage does not appear to show any acts of aggression toward police. → Read More

Man accused of sending racist threats to Philly Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw will be jailed until trial

A federal judge said Peter Fratus should remain in custody because of his history of making alcohol-fueled threats against law enforcement and public officials. → Read More

Philly Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw was the subject of racist threats, U.S. Attorney says

Peter Fratus, 39, of West Dennis, Mass., sent two emails to Outlaw with “vile and disturbing” language and asked where she lived, prosecutors said. → Read More

Philly Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw was the subject of racist threats, U.S. Attorney says

Peter Fratus, 39, of West Dennis, Mass., sent two emails to Outlaw with “vile and disturbing” language and asked where she lived, prosecutors said. → Read More

After three days of conflict at the Christopher Columbus statue, a South Philly police captain was transferred

The Police Department characterized the reassignment of Capt. Louis Campione as “one of several command changes that took place .” Campione's reassignment came after three days of conflict around the Christopher Columbus statue. → Read More

South Philly residents surround Columbus statue as demonstrations unfold across the city

The crowd of about 100 people said they were “protecting the statue from these rioters who want to take it down." → Read More

Five people were shot, including a 12-year-old girl, during an hour of violence in Southwest Philly

The burst of violence occurred during a week in which the city recorded a host of shootings with multiple victims. → Read More

He was convicted of murder in West Philly 31 years ago. On Friday, a judge overturned the case.

Andrew Swainson has insisted since his 1989 conviction that he was wrongfully imprisoned. Prosecutors and defense attorneys now agree that his trial was tainted by flaws, including evidence that was withheld. → Read More

He was convicted of murder in West Philly 31 years ago. On Friday, a judge overturned the case.

Andrew Swainson has insisted since his 1989 conviction that he was wrongfully imprisoned. Prosecutors and defense attorneys now agree that his trial was tainted by flaws, including evidence that was withheld. → Read More

Philly police scaled back a plan for the George Floyd protests. The impact was devastating.

The department’s fumbled planning led to a disorganized response. Some officers resorted to dangerous tactics. → Read More

Days after he was freed from death row, Walter Ogrod’s tainted Philly murder case was officially thrown out

Five days after a Philadelphia judge agreed to overturn Walter Ogrod’s conviction for the 1988 killing of 4-year-old Barbara Jean Horn, another judge on Wednesday agreed to let prosecutors withdraw all outstanding charges against him — the final step in Ogrod’s two-decade fight to clear his name. → Read More

After days of protests against police brutality, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney pledges police reforms

“This moment is a beginning,” the mayor said. → Read More

He spent 23 years on death row for a Philly murder he said he didn’t commit. On Friday, a judge set him free.

Common Pleas Court Judge Shelly Robbins New overturned Ogrod’s conviction, citing critical errors in his case, including evidence withheld by previous prosecutors and police. → Read More

Philly Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw tells cops not to block badge numbers with mourning crepes

The directive, sent to all Police Department employees by email Wednesday, came after concerns were raised on social media and via an online petition about officers blocking their badge numbers with mourning crepes. → Read More

Philly Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw tells cops not to block badge numbers with mourning crepes

The directive, sent to all Police Department employees by email Wednesday, came after concerns were raised on social media and via an online petition about officers blocking their badge numbers with mourning crepes. → Read More

‘It’s a defining moment:' Use of tear gas on I-676 questioned by elected officials and others

The harrowing images of Monday’s showdown on the Vine Street Expressway — and questions about why city and state police put on such a display of force — have become central to the debate over Philadelphia’s handling of the unrest following George Floyd’s death. → Read More

Philadelphia protesters are gassed on I-676, leading to ‘pandemonium’ as they tried to flee

“How can you expect us to be peaceful and then you — you attack us. You get mad when we violent, but when we peaceful, you still get mad. So what is the answer?” said protester Kai Mickens of Coatesville. → Read More

Philadelphia convulses as property destruction and looting continue

In the City of Brotherly Love and in metropolises across America, the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis officers unleashed decades of frustration borne from the mistreatment of African Americans at the hands of police authorities → Read More