Latest Jim Kenney News

Philadelphia waives 100s of protest-related code violations

Jul. 8, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says the city will drop all code violation notices handed out to demonstrators during the protests against police brutality and racial injustice that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while in police custody. Kenney said in a written release...

July Fourth weekend brings fireworks, gunfire, homicides

Jul. 6, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The sound of gunfire was heard amid the sound of fireworks on the Fourth of July weekend in Philadelphia as police reported more than two dozen shootings and seven deaths. Gunfire claimed the lives of a 6-year-old and a 15-year-old in different parts of the city, and a number of double-...

Supporters of Staff Inspector Joseph Bologna gather outside the 15th Police District on June 8, 2020. He faces aggravated assault and other charges stemming from a series of viral videos that emerged depicting him beating a Temple University student and other protestors during demonstrations. In big cities like Philadelphia, outrage over episodes of police misconduct are met with promises from political leaders to achieve meaningful reform. The May 25 death of Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police has led to a rare instance of broad political agreement: Something has to change this time. (Alejandro A. Alvarez/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Police union amassed power over decades, now facing changes

Jun. 27, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Five years before any Philadelphian had heard of George Floyd, hundreds marched through the city, through snow and heat, chanting the name of another black man who was killed by a police officer: Brandon Tate-Brown. Tate-Brown, 26, had been stopped by two rookie Philadelphia patrol...

FILEā€”In this file photo from June 1, 2020, a protester walks in Philadelphia near smoke after tear gas was dispersed during a march calling for justice over the death of George Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Philadelphia's mayor and police chief are scheduled to give an update Thursday, June 25, 2020, on the investigation into the police use of tear gas and rubber bullets on demonstrators who had made it onto Interstate 676 in the early June protest. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Philly police head decries tear gas usage against protesters

Jun. 25, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's police commissioner, along with the mayor, apologized to the public Thursday for giving statements that were inaccurate in the days after tear gas, bean bags and pepper spray were used against protesters who were trapped on a highway. At least one high ranking commander...

DA suggests police not applying law equally amid protests

Jun. 24, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The district attorney of Philadelphia announced assault and related charges against one man stemming from one of a number of protests of a now-covered Columbus statue in south Philadelphia while suggesting “unequal application of the law" by police during the demonstrations. ...

Utility regulators keep moratorium on service terminations

Jun. 18, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Public Utility Commission on Thursday rejected an attempt by one of its members to end its three-month-old moratorium preventing utilities from terminating service to non-paying customers while the state fights the spread of the coronavirus. The motion failed on a 2-2...

Auditor's race poses historic first for candidates of color

Jun. 17, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's two major political parties have nominated candidates of color for state auditor general, a historic step that means that voters will for the first time elect a racial minority to lead a statewide executive branch office. Nina Ahmad, who came to the United States from...

Base of another Columbus statue in Philadelphia is covered

Jun. 17, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The base of a second monument honoring Christopher Columbus is being hidden from view while its future is debated after the explorer became a focus of protesters in Philadelphia amid nationwide demonstrations following George Floyd's death in Minnesota. The Delaware River Waterfront...

Officer seen kicking seated protester suspended, mayor says

Jun. 16, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania police officer seen on video kicking a protester sitting on the street during civil unrest in Erie last month will be suspended without pay for three days and will then be on desk duty until he completes sensitivity training, officials said. The Erie Times-News reports that...

People hold a rally at Wendy's on University Avenue in Atlanta on Sunday, June 14, 2020. Rayshard Brooks died after a confrontation with police officers at the fast food restaurant in Atlanta on Friday. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Experts hail swift moves in wake of Atlanta police shooting

Jun. 14, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

Atlanta police on Sunday quickly released body-camera and other footage that captured the shooting death of a black man by a white officer who was swiftly fired — moves that policing experts said could help defuse anti-racism protests that were reignited by the shooting. Atlanta police announced that an...