Newsletter for Tuesday, March 24
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Knock knock! Who’s there? Giant cat. Photo via @haywire69 on Instagram.
DEPT OF JUSTICE: PHILLY COPS SHOOT TO KILL TOO OFTEN
A new report from the federal Department of Justice basically says Philly police use deadly force too often — and not enough officers carry or are trained to use either pepper spray or Tasers. Yesterday, the federal Office of Community Oriented Policing Services issued 48 findings and 91 recommendations for the Philadelphia police to consider “reforming its deadly force practices.” The press conference drew Commissioner Ramsey, who basically agreed with its findings — as did outgoing Mayor Michael Nutter, who placed responsibility for figuring out how to implement the report’s findings onto whoever becomes mayor next.
SETH WILLIAMS ON BRANDON TATE-BROWN, #BLACKLIVESMATTER & HIS DREAM JOB
District Attorney has always been a high profile position in Philadelphia, and that’s particularly been the case for Seth Williams. He’s charged public officials who were part of a sting operation dropped by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, challenged the governor’s death penalty moratorium and last Thursday announced his office would not press charges against the officers who shot and killed Brandon Tate-Brown in December in Northeast Philly. Protesters followed the announcement that night by kicking over chairs and fighting at a Lawncrest community meeting. The next day, Williams sat down with Billy Penn to discuss the Tate-Brown shooting and people’s reactions, his opposition to Tom Wolf’s death penalty moratorium, his surprising choice for a dream job and more.
TO DO: 16 MINI-COMEDY SHOWS IN 90 MINUTES
WHAT: The Bit Show, part of $5 comedy week — as the show goes on, the bits get shorter.
WHERE: Plays & Players, 1714 Delancey Place
WHEN: 10 PM
HOW MUCH: $5
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WHAT IT’S LIKE TO SLEEP OUT ON A 30-DEGREE PHILLY NIGHT
Our own Anna Orso spent Friday night outside. She was bundled up, with hand warmers and her phone — and while it was actually nothing like being homeless, she joined 35 others this weekend who raised money for Covenant House and slept outside during the group’s annual young professionals sleep-out. Basically, the group sleeps outside so homeless youth don’t have to. Here’s how her night went.
VIDEO GAMES + STARBUCKS = A BETTER LAUNDRY EXPERIENCE
Doing laundry sucks. It’d be a lot more tolerable with good coffee and computer games around. And that’s exactly the idea behind The Laundry Cafe, a business that’s operating out of the Olney Plaza. According to Temple University’s PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com, partners Tyrone Atkins and Brian Holland are thinking much bigger: They want to expand into Temple University, and become its official laundry partner.