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A Pa. State Police community-based initiative expands after George Floyd protests

Community leaders say the changes are a step in the right direction, but a lot more work needs to be done.

By Gabriela Martínez/WITF

Candidates for Harrisburg’s mayor share competing plans for economy, policing

Four of the past five Harrisburg mayors have been Democrats, and members of that party have just two weeks to choose between five candidates for mayor. One candidate is running unopposed on the Republican side.

By Alanna Elder/WITF

Toward Racial Justice speakers look to possibilities for police and policy reform in 2021

“Policing took center stage for everyone in 2020,” Moderator Charles Ellison said, despite the ongoing, deadly pandemic, after police killed George Floyd in Minneapolis.

By Alanna Elder/WITF

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Allegheny County Police will get new leader, critics say community should’ve helped choose him

News of the appointment caught some county officials by surprise, especially at a time when the nation continues to grapple with strained relations between marginalized communities and the police.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

New independent police oversight commission will have power to investigate misconduct in Philadelphia

If passed, the commission would investigate all citizen complaints filed against officers and the department.

By Aaron Moselle/WHYY

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

Pittsburgh mayor announces public safety changes after protest ends in pepper spray, arrest

Last Saturday, protest bike marshall Matthew Cartier was arrested by officers in an unmarked white van, sparking multiple protests at Mayor Bill Peduto’s home this week.

By Ariel Worthy/WESA