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State commission threatens action over Driving Equality Law

A state commission says it’s planning to revoke its accreditation of the Philly Police Dept. because of a city ordinance meant to fight racial discrimination.

  • The Driving Equality Law says minor infractions can’t be the sole reason for pulling someone over, which overwhelmingly happened to Black drivers. The FOP police union had sued to get the law overturned.

The accreditation in question comes from a group run by the Pa. Chiefs of Police Association, and has only been held by the PPD since 2015, per The Inquirer. Local officials say it has no bearing on funding or activities.

Philly trivia quiz: Test your local knowledge and beat the score

We considered postponing the July edition of BP Quizzo, held last week at Hawthornes, but instead ended up with our biggest crowd of the year.

  • After three rounds of questions, the team whose name gives away the answer to one of the first round questions — “Jim Kenney’s Dad, the [Redacted]” — came out on top with 19/24 correct.

Now it’s your turn to try your hand at the Philly news and history trivia. Without using Google, can you beat the high score?

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MAYOR WATCH

Mayor Kenney doesn’t return from his Germany trip until tomorrow. At DA Krasner’s weekly gun crimes briefing (streamed on FB), he’ll announce charges against a defendant accused of illegally purchasing firearms, one of which was used in a shooting committed by a minor (11 a.m.).

ON THE CALENDAR

💒 Shakespeare in Clark Park is back with performances of “The Taming,” a comedic double-billing where the traditional story is followed by a modern adaptation. (7 p.m. July 27-31, Wednesday to Sunday)

🩱 “Bawdily Autonomy” is a night of burlesque and drag performances at Franky Bradley’s in the Gayborhood to raise money for reproductive rights. Tickets start at $20. (7 p.m. Friday, July 29)

🌳 ConsenSIS, the new collab between former Philly poet laureates Trapeta B. Mayson and Yolanda Wisher, hosts a free reading at Awbury Arboretum celebrating Black women and femme poets. (2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 30)

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