In Philadelphia and many other cities across the country, the rising cost of rent is outstripping the cost of living index, meaning that affordable housing is a dream instead of a reality for many people. Affordable housing advocates cite the growing need for controls that keep renters from becoming exploited by landlords. Here are the current situation and a promising possibility for renters in Philadelphia.
Let’s say that you have been detained by police officers and are taken to the police station for questioning. For most people, this is frightening, confusing and intimidating. It may seem as if the odds are stacked against you.
Earlier this month, the Philadelphia Police finally made public the full list of complaints against officers. But in so doing, they shrouded the names of the officers with either initials or a blank field. We now know something about the complaints against police as a unit, but not about specific officers.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office compiled a list last year. There was a noble purpose in mind for creating the list. They wanted to locally tackle a national problem: police misconduct in the form of falsifying evidence, framing suspects and lying about in the courtroom.
While driving, you can expect a degree of privacy during traffic stops. Police cannot search your car without probable cause. This protection might soon have some new exceptions, however. A traffic stop for one Pennsylvania man in a rental car could potentially lead to fewer 4th Amendment rights on the road.
It began during the 2016 football season when the former San Francisco 49er quarterback Collin Kaepernick sat on the bench as the national anthem played before the start of a game. When asked about his decision to stay seated during the nation’s national anthem, Kaepernick stated that he wasn’t “going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
Ever since the death of David Jones in June 2017, protests by several activist groups in Philadelphia have encountered unwanted attention from law enforcement. In particular, the arrest of Black Lives Matter activist Asa Khalif in November highlights the recurrent theme of police officers arresting individuals who attempt to exercise their First Amendment rights.
With temperatures hovering at or below freezing in Philadelphia, everyone, including tenants of rental units and homes, need to come home to a properly heated residence. The Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code states that landlords are responsible for ensuring that your heat is working properly from the first of October through the 30th of April. Let’s look at the particulars of the city rental housing code and how it supports your legal right to have working utilities in your rental housing.
Every year, thousands of people are arrested in Bucks County, but a significant percentage of these individuals are never convicted of any criminal wrongdoing. Under the Pennsylvania Criminal History Record Information Act, if a person’s arrest doesn’t lead to a conviction, their personal information and the facts about their arrest cannot be shared with the public.
In recent years, public trust in our country’s law enforcement agencies has plummeted as numerous incidents involving police brutality and misconduct have been reported in cities throughout the country. Philadelphia is among those cities to be known for having a police department that is plagued by systemic corruption and wrongdoing.