When a Black person is killed by the police, Black people are often trapped in the present moment. The whole of our reality becomes boots on the ground in protest and unbridled anger. From leaders, there are often empty promises and dog whistles. From protesters, there are demands for change. Philadelphia is no different.
When Walter Wallace Jr., 27, was gunned down by police on October 26, the city exploded. Protesters were injured and arrested. A patrol car erupted in flames. The unrest lasted for days. The situation garnered national attention, with leaders quickly condemning property damage and looting. …
Philadelphians voted to make the police department more accountable to those it is sworn to protect and to codify an end to the practice of stop and frisk.
Question 1 made it illegal for the Philadelphia Police Department to use the practice of stop and frisk. Yes, stop and frisk was already illegal, but the issue was placed on the ballot anyway. Why is this? The American Civil Liberties Union has been monitoring a federal consent decree regarding stop and frisk that was issued against the Philadelphia Police Department in 2011.
What the passages of this ballot question mean is…
Editor’s Note: This story will be updated as election results come in.
If there’s an issue that’s captured the national attention this election season, it’s the conversation around police violence and how to stop it. And while the White House is the prize that will get the most attention, local ballot initiatives designed to bring accountability to policing could immediately impact millions of people.
Two such initiatives are on the ballot in Philadelphia, where the death of Walter Wallace Jr. at the hands of police eight days before the election sparked days of protests. The first, Question 1, would require…
Instead of an ambulance or EMTs, police officers responded three times, and the third time they fired on Wallace. He was taken to a hospital by police and pronounced dead.
Wallace had a knife in his hand, according to police, which officers say they told him to drop. Instead, he walked toward them, and the two responding officers fired. The shooting can be seen in this disturbing video.
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