Because he oversaw and maintained police brutality in the black and brown communities in which I grew up, the statue of Frank Rizzo must immediately be removed from the steps of the taxpayer-funded Municipal Services Building. Not one more cent of my tax dollars maintaining it. Not one more moment of my property housing it.…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Monday October 19 1. New rules for when Philadelphia police shoot Under the Police Department’s new rules on shootings by officers, the Police Advisory Commission’s director will have equal standing with four deputy commissioners in deciding whether or not police actions are justified. “It’s a dramatic change,” said commission director Kelvyn Anderson…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Tuesday September 8 1. Mother’s 911 call: My sons are trying to kill me Two Atlanta-area brothers are behind bars and charged with multiple felonies after police said they attempted to kill their own parents over the weekend. Yvonne Ervin called 911 Saturday morning and reported that she and husband Zachary were…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday August 5 1. Family of Sandra Bland sues arresting officer The family of Sandra Bland – the 28-year-old black woman found dead in her jail cell last month – is suing the Texas state trooper who arrested her in what started as a routine traffic stop, but took a tragic turn.…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Monday July 6 1. U.S. Women win World Cup Title  Carli Lloyd scored twice in the first five minutes on the way to the fastest hat trick in World Cup history and the U.S. made the margin stand up, defeating Japan 5-2 to win the 2015 Women’s World Cup. With the victory,…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Friday June 12 1. Judge Backs Charges Against Cleveland Officers in Killing of Tamir Rice  Acting under a rarely used provision of Ohio state law, a judge found probable cause Thursday to charge Cleveland police Officer Timothy Loehmann with murder in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice last year. Cleveland Municipal…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Tuesday April 7  1. FBI investigates possible hate crime cases in St. Louis The FBI is investigating whether hate crimes were committed during two St. Louis area attacks where suspects allegedly made reference to Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb where a white police officer in August fatally shot black unarmed teen Michael…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Tuesday March 31  1. Prosecution Rests in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial  The government today rested its case against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after teary-eyed jurors heard heartbreaking testimony about the bombing’s youngest victim, 8-year-old Martin Richard. Richard was killed in the Boston Marathon attacks on April 15, 2013, Chief Medical…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Thursday March 26  1. Mayor announces oversight board to address police shootings Mayor Nutter on Wednesday announced the creation of an independent oversight board to ensure that recommendations from a Justice Department report on Philadelphia police shootings are carried out.The board will report to Nutter and will be chaired by JoAnne Epps,…

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Robert Wilson was killed on a winter afternoon at a North Philadelphia strip mall, and if that were the end of the story it would be tragic. But it’s not the end. Not by a long shot. Wilson was a police officer, and the father of two children ages 1 and nearly 9. It was…

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