Cops

 By Bonnie Dugan and J.T. Salzer

Kensington’s Little Angel

Kensington’s Little Angel

Wearing a neon green hat to match the color of his shirt and plaid shorts, Clifford Reynolds addressed the crowd with a look of sincerity and hope.  As he spoke through the microphone, his words echoed more than to just the crowd standing in front of him, but to the community at whole. “We’d like […]

 By Joangel Concepcion and Danny Barron

Kensington: A Sad and Beautiful Day

Kensington: A Sad and Beautiful Day

It was a bright and warm Saturday afternoon in Kensington. A week after the attack, family, friends and neighbors gathered in McPherson Square Park to show their support for the victim and to celebrate the 11-year-old girl’s return from the hospital after being raped on her way to school last Tuesday. “Let’s dedicate ourselves to […]

 By Rebecca Howe

South Street: Teen Mob Creates Concern

South Street: Teen Mob Creates Concern

After a group of teenagers assaulted two people, stole a taxi and ransacked a convenience story near South Street, community leaders and police were trying to determine what actions to take to prevent another such occurrence. Over 100 people showed up  at Palumbo Recreation Center at 10th and Fitzwater streets. Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel spoke […]

 By Anna Conzelman

Death of Middletown Officer Recalls a Tragic Year for Philadelphia’s Finest

Death of Middletown Officer Recalls a Tragic Year for Philadelphia’s Finest

Sadly, it is a scene that hardly changes. Flowers line sidewalks, teddy bears are dropped off, and photographs are mounted on fences and sidewalks. People gather, light candles, and mourn the loss of a fallen officer. Within the past year, four Philadelphia police officers were killed. On Jan, 30, Middletown Officer Chris Jones was added […]

 By Lisa Hann

Is Philadelphia Safer After Increased Police Presence?

Is Philadelphia Safer After Increased Police Presence?

One year after Mayor Nutter and Commissioner Ramsey targeted nine high-crime police districts, is the city safer? Three new districts have been added to the targeted list. Can one, Police District 23rd, improve? Mayor Nutter’s five-year plan in Philadelphia contains the goal of reducing homicides citywide by 50 percent in five years. Is this achievable? […]

 By Marcos Rios, Maureen Coulter and Mereb M Gebremariam

Hunting Park: Police and the Community

Hunting Park: Police and the Community

The The Philadelphia municipal budget for this fiscal year listed public safety as its top  priority. In his  budget address, Mayor Michael Nutter announced he does not plan to lay off a single police officer or firefighter. “We will not turn away from the gains we’ve made in public safety,” he said in the address. […]

 By Mari Saito

Guns in Philadelphia

Guns in Philadelphia

There is no shortage of customers at Colosimo’s Gun Store on the 900 block of Spring Garden Street. A group of young men are buzzed into the store every few minutes, each time bringing in a gust of cold air through the door with a National Rifle Association sticker plastered on it. Eager customers talk excitedly among themselves while they press their noses against the glass cabinets lined with handguns. Outside, two New Yorkers wearing Yankee caps smoke cigarettes while they wait for the shooting range to open next door.

 By Shannon McDonald

Cops: Black and Blue

Cops: Black and Blue

Bill Thrasher is an officer in North Philadelphia’s 22nd Police District. His blonde hair is youthful, unaltered by sun or life. His eyes are identical to the sky blue of the uniform shirt he wears beneath his jacket and bulletproof vest. The faint traces of acne on his jaw reveal his age before he offers […]

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