On June 6, 2011, the City of Philadelphia and the ACLU announced that they had reached a settlement agreement. As part of the colony, the Philadelphia Police Department collects data on all stop-and-frisks and stores this information in an electronic database. It will also provide staff with the necessary training and follow-up with respect to stop and frisk practices. In addition, the agreement will establish a surveillance system in which the police, the plaintiffs` lawyer and an independent court-appointed monitor, Dean JoAnne A. Epps of the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, will verify and analyze the data. Dean Epps will have the power to recommend appropriate practices and strategies to ensure that the judgments and risks of the DPP are consistent with the Constitution. “Her presence is very important,” she said of the police, adding that officials had been friendly during the meetings she had seen. Fernando Montero, an anthropologist at the University of Pennsylvania and plaintiff in the complaint, who said he was arrested nine times while being forced in North Philadelphia, said some residents he interviewed expressed more fear of being arrested by police than any violence they might encounter on the street. City leaders disagree. A year after resolving disputes by agreeing to put in place a large number of security measures to ensure that police arrests are carried out legally, they say they are simply doing what is necessary to ensure that aggressive fights against crime go hand in hand with respect for civil rights. As part of the agreement, the police created an electronic database to monitor the legality of the judgments, adopt new training protocols and accept supervision by an independent monitor.
Now that the city has recognized the need for reform, proponents are pushing for a new set of substantive changes, including department-wide training and accountability, intensive interventions in troubled police districts and, most importantly, an expanded 311 system that would lead non-police officers to deal with quality of life complaints. Several African-American police officers claim racism, corruption in Philly`s police unit It`s been nearly a decade since civil rights advocates sued Philadelphia police for wrongful arrests and frisks, especially black citizens – and they say racial differences are still glaring. Black residents are 50% more likely to be arrested than whites without reasonable suspicion and 40% more are riskier for no reason, they explain in their latest semi-annual follow-up report, by the approval decree required in the case and submitted to a federal judge in July. READ MORE: Philadelphia police are looking for more cars to find marijuana – but less about finding it, say critics since the assassination of George Floyd, many have proposed programs in which social workers trained in crisis response work alongside police officers. A copy of the settlement agreement and the original complaint is available at the following address: www.aclupa.org/bailey In North Philadelphia, one of the poorest areas of the city, distrust of the police is great. Police arrests are frequent. In one neighbourhood, Police Zone 25, where 32 of the city`s 324 homicides took place in 2011, 9,181 pedestrian stops were recorded in the first half of last year.