The proposed five-year contract for thousands of electronic weapons comes less than a month after Walter Wallace Jr.’s shooting.
If there is a weapon involved, "people feel comfortable enough to relinquish [it]," a local crisis response expert said.
More Tasers will not help solve ongoing divestment in Black Philadelphia, the cofounder of the Amistad Law Project argues.
Neither officer has more than three years experience in the PPD. At request of the Wallace family, the video was lightly redacted, but it is still extremely disturbing.
The rules are slightly different from last spring.
The PPD says it can't afford to outfit officers with stun guns. Meanwhile, OT has ballooned 40%.
The department has a clear “disconnect” in terms of mental health resources, Commissioner Outlaw said.
If watching feels necessary or inevitable, there are methods to cope.
“We are not at war,” said the police commissioner, a day after two officers shot and killed a Black man.
The 27-year-old was shot dead in front of his mother and neighbors.