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Judge: FOP can’t keep police from identifying officers who shoot

In 2015, just days after the Philadelphia Police Department announced it would release the names of officers involved in shootings within 72 hours, the FOP filed an unfair-labor-practice complaint to block the policy. A nearly identical bill — sponsored by Rep. Martina White, a Republican who represents a Northeast Philadelphia district where many police officers live — was overwhelmingly passed by the House in March, but has not yet been approved by the Senate. Following that protest — during which demonstrators hung signs on lampposts calling for Pownall’s arrest — the FOP filed suit in Common Pleas Court seeking an injunction that would block the department from employing the policy, citing safety concerns for officers. Pownall last month was suspended from the force with intent to dismiss for exhibiting what Commissioner Richard Ross called “poor judgment” when firing at Jones. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable.

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