Julie Shaw works on the Justice/Injustice team for The Philadelphia Inquirer, focusing on crime victims. During her 14-plus years at The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, she has covered the courts, crime, immigration, and census stories.
Police witnesses have testified over two days about how bloody boot prints led them to arrest a handyman, Jose Diaz, in the 2013 stabbing death of retired Villanova University professor Carol Ambruster.
Facebook posts or comments attributed to 15 high-ranking members of the Philadelphia Police Department — a police inspector, six captains, and eight lieutenants — were among those included in a database published Saturday by a group researching what it considered police bias.
The cops named in the database published Saturday by the Plain View Project work in dozens of locations in the city, from district precincts to the airport, from the SWAT team to the police academy to the radio room.
Tam Minh Le was convicted by a jury in the 2014 stabbing and drowning deaths of two brothers. The Philadelphia DA's Office last year wrote that it could not continue to argue for affirming Le's death sentences.