Prejudice continues in Philadelphia Police Force.
Philadelphia has been repeatedly called out for racially-biased practices with regard to policing its neighborhoods. Recent news is very troubling as it has identified 72 officers who had social media posts that revealed hate, racist and offensive posts against varied groups of citizens in Philadelphia. Thirteen Philadelphia police officers will be fired following an investigation into racist and offensive Facebook posts, and a total of 72 officers were placed on administrative leave after the investigation began back in June. Making matters worse for Philadelphia, Philadelphia’s police commissioner resigned Tuesday amid allegations that members of his department engaged in sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination against two women serving in the ranks.
Bias-based profiling training is essential to the success of the police forces in the United States, and more specifically to a city like Philadelphia where a thick foundation of mistrust has been fortified with racially-based profiling leading to 1) illegal searches and seizures, 2) excessive use of force, 3) sexually driven harassment and misconduct and 4) false arrests and detainment which are violations of state and federal laws protecting civil rights.
The Philadelphia Police Department addresses Biased Based Profiling under Policy 8.4 whereby:
- The Philadelphia Police Department ensures the rights guaranteed by federal, state and local law are protected for all citizens regardless of their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or religion. All acts of violence or threats, including bias-related incidents, will be viewed as serious, and the investigations will be given priority attention. Such acts generate fear and concern among victims and result in loss of public confidence.
- The Detective Division of occurrence will be responsible for the investigation of bias incidents, where the primary motivation for the commission of a crime can be traced to discrimination of any nature.
- Although a criminal act motivated by the sexual orientation of an individual is not covered under Section §2710 “Ethnic Intimidation” of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (PCC) , it will still be the policy of the Department to investigate all criminal acts motivated by such orientation.
Contact an attorney.
If you have been the victim of police misconduct or brutality based on bias-based profiling, talk to a legal professional at the Law Offices of Metzger & Kleiner who may help you with legal action toward damages including hospital/medical expenses; disability payments; depression and anxiety; loss of enjoyment of life; physical pain and suffering; and loss of love and companionship due to a death or serious injury.
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Philadelphia, PA 19102
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