The Philadelphia Police Department is looking into an incident that occurred late last week in North Philly between a white officer and a young black man. Video of the encounter went viral on social media. Also, the police department’s union is planning to sue the city over a faulty system that’s resulted in, among other things, incorrect paychecks. Elsewhere, Democratic presidential candidates are making a campaign stop in Philadelphia today. Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and others will try to make their case in front of thousands of labor union members at the Workers’ Presidential Summit.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will be joined by five other presidential candidates at the Workers’ Presidential Summit this afternoon. They’ll each speak for 20 to 30 minutes, taking questions in front of thousands of union workers from the region.
The president of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO started the event out of concern that unions could be too quick to support Biden. But Biden was slow to commit to the event, which is at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and just a few blocks from his headquarters. Biden’s campaign told The Inquirer yesterday that he would appear at the event.
The police department is probing a white officer’s interaction with a young black man in which the officer temporarily placed him in the back of a police cruiser. A video of the incident circulated widely on social media and now has more than 1.5 million views.
The incident took place last Thursday near 23rd Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. It’s not clear what led to the encounter. The Twitter user who posted the video wrote that she had been waiting for a bus with a group of teens when police officers showed up.
OK, you’re technically right, @willyiu. But I was still 😓yesterday. Great photo, though.
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