A nationwide survey by Spotlight PA found the Pa. State Police is one of only 11 statewide law enforcement agencies not collecting race data during traffic stops. In response, State Police officials said they would reverse course and resume collection.
Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo on Monday said he believed a woman who accused a onetime Pennsylvania legislator of rape was “credible,” but that it ultimately was not in the public interest to prosecute.
The grand jury, impaneled earlier this year to investigate the allegations against former State Rep. Brian Ellis (R., Butler), cited the woman’s delayed reporting of the incident and memory lapses of key witnesses, among other factors.
In a rare rebuke, Republicans who control the Pennsylvania Senate penned a scathing letter to Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, asserting his “self-righteous defiance" of the chamber’s rules led to last week's chaotic fight on the floor, which has garnered national headlines.
Video of the episode was picked up on Twitter by NowThis (@nowthisnews), which has 2.3 million followers and describes itself as sharing “stories that move.” Items highlighted on its page often go viral, quickly getting shared across the country.