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Philly is seeing a spike in shootings of children. But motives and arrests are lagging.

Nearly 100 kids have been shot in the city already this year, according to police statistics — a tally soon to surpass the number of young people shot in all of last year. Just 18% of the shootings have resulted in an arrest, according to an Inquirer analysis.

Trump says he might send more federal law enforcement officers to Philadelphia and other major cities

During a meeting on the GOP’s coronavirus relief bill, Trump told reporters that he may send “more federal law enforcement” to Philadelphia and other cities.

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‘I couldn’t breathe’: Inside the West Philly neighborhood teargassed by police

Residents struggle with fear, fury and trauma after police tear-gassed residential blocks amid unrest in West Philadelphia.

Thieves broke into a lifesaving Philly library twice this month. Now it’s forced to ‘start over from scratch.’

When librarians return to McPherson Square, they will begin the process of reopening without thousands of dollars of supplies — including expensive electronics — that had been bought with donations.

After three days of conflict at the Christopher Columbus statue, a South Philly police captain was transferred

The Police Department characterized the reassignment of Capt. Louis Campione as “one of several command changes that took place [Monday].” Campione's reassignment came after three days of conflict around the Christopher Columbus statue.

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Philly police scaled back a plan for the George Floyd protests. The impact was devastating.

The department’s fumbled planning led to a disorganized response. Some officers resorted to dangerous tactics.

Police struggled with manpower and deployment as violence and looting spiraled in Philadelphia

Mayor Jim Kenney and Managing Director Brian Abernathy said the department was facing an unprecedented deployment challenge — one occurring in the midst of a pandemic — and that delays in responding to scenes were more an issue of manpower than a lack of will.

A South Philly police lieutenant was shot inside a CVS

Friel, 48, was in stable condition before surgery. Authorities said they were grateful the violent struggle at the pharmacy did not in end in tragedy.

A 9-year-old Germantown boy shot himself in the face and died. Then someone got rid of the gun.

The boy’s mother told police the gun belonged to her boyfriend, police said. Both have been interviewed in the ongoing investigation.

Summer in Philly is almost here. But what it will look like is an open question.

With Memorial Day fast approaching, uncertainty is hovering over many of the city’s summer plans. There’s no timetable for when recreation centers might reopen, or set plans for how camps and summer programming might safely occur this year.