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Philadelphia puts ban on police chokeholds into law

The restraint bill incorporates bans already contained in the police department’s conduct rules into law.

By Claudia Lauer/The Associated Press

Trump opponents, supporters rally at town hall event site

Opposing groups of protesters have gathered outside the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, hours before President Donald Trump was due to participate in a town hall meeting. Dozens of Trump opponents held signs stating messages such as “Black Lives Matter” and “Trump/Pence out now” while chanting “We will not stop until they are gone” and other slogans. They were met by a smaller group of Trump supporters who waved his campaign flag. The opposing groups exchanged derisive comments, but no physical confrontations were reported.

By Claudia Lauer/The Associated Press

Lawsuit: Pennsylvania county jail punishes mentally ill

Four inmates have sued Allegheny County, jail and mental health officials alleging the Pennsylvania facility offers inadequate treatment and medication for inmates with mental health disabilities and often punishes them with extended solitary confinement or excessive force instead of offering treatment.

By Claudia Lauer/The Associated Press

Philadelphia police officer charged with pepper spraying kneeling protesters

A video of the officer dressed in riot gear shows him approaching three protesters kneeling on Interstate 676, pulling down at least one protester's mask or goggles, then pepper-spraying them.
By Claudia Lauer/The Associated Press

Pittsburgh protesters sue police, allege excessive force

The lawsuit alleges protesters’ constitutional rights were violated when police dispersed a crowd of about 150 people protesting.
By Claudia Lauer/The Associated Press

Philadelphia police commissioner decries tear gas usage against protesters on I-676

Commissioner Danielle Outlaw issued an immediate moratorium on the use of tear gas in most situations including to disperse crowds of non-violent people.
By Claudia Lauer/The Associated Press

Updated: May 1, 2020 | 2:19 pm

Budget fallout from the coronavirus hitting Pennsylvania hard

The losses from the shutdowns can be expected to widen in May and beyond.
By Marc Levy/The Associated Press and Claudia Lauer/The Associated Press


Your morning coronavirus update in Pa.: President Trump declares disaster as Gov. Wolf shuts schools indefinitely

Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill counties are added a separate stay-at-home order. There are three deaths and 388 total cases in midstate counties
By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press, Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press and Claudia Lauer/The Associated Press

Updated: March 30, 2020 | 4:08 pm

Your afternoon update on the coronavirus in Pa.: Stay-home order extended to April 30 as virus cases spike

There are 388 total cases in central Pennsylvania counties, including 97 in Lancaster and 82 in Berks.
By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press, Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press and Claudia Lauer/The Associated Press
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