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.
Philadelphia has an eviction problem. There were 22,573 cases filed in landlord-tenant court in 2016, and the majority of tenants are simply unable to hire legal counsel to represent them. In fact, 92 percent of tenants represented themselves – 6.7 percent received pro bono help from private attorneys and 1.5 percent were able to afford their own legal aid.
From the first day they put on their badges and many days thereafter, police officers throughout the United States recite the The Law Enforcement Oath of Honor. Key passages of the oath include a promise to "never betray my badge" and "always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions." Sadly, as many Philadelphia residents know, this oath is betrayed by some police officers on a daily basis.
Regardless of sex, race, age or socio-economic class, as Americans, we all have basic civil rights. Among these rights is the right to be protected from unreasonable and unlawful searches and seizures by the government or governmental agency actors-- including police officers.