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Citizen commission hands down seven ideas to change state police practices

They include keeping troopers from joining militia groups and giving people more opportunities to file bias complaints.

By Sam Dunklau

Supreme Court hears arguments over Pennsylvania’s deadly force rules for cops

Current state law says police officers attempting to arrest someone can use deadly force in order to prevent death or serious injury to themselves or others.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

A police killing in Philadelphia could change Pa. use-of-force cases forever

Philadelphia’s district attorney wants the state’s highest court to alter the instructions jurors hear before rendering verdicts in cases where police use deadly force.

By Colin Deppen/Spotlight PA

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Activists want open data about how Pittsburgh police use ‘less-lethal’ weapons

“These are the same things that are being rejected by other cities. Why not ours?”

By Kiley Koscinski/WESA

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court to hear arguments about police use of force statute

The statute has been criticized by racial justice activists and legislators alike.

By Kiley Koscinski/WESA

Berks district attorney: police justified in shooting Reading woman

Investigators say police used reasonable force in firing 16 shots at Roxanne Moore, critically wounding her.

By Anthony Orozco

New police reform law exempts officer disciplinary records database from public disclosure

Second measure signed by Gov. Wolf is aimed at ensuring mental health checks for officers
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Protest in Allentown after police officer uses knee to restrain man

Activists say the officer violated the department's policy against neck restraints.
By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Reading the fine print of police use-of-force policies

What citizens should know about how police are trained
By Joseph Darius Jaafari/PA Post

Police use of force and the public’s right to know

Too many Pa. police depts. won't publish use-of-force policies
By Joseph Darius Jaafari/PA Post