Six Philadelphia police officers were shot yesterday in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia. None of the injuries were life-threatening. The standoff began at 4:30 p.m., when narcotics officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant and ended around midnight when the alleged gunman surrendered.
The chaotic scene began to unfold at about 4:30 p.m. when a group of officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant, but were met by gunfire. The shootout took place near a day care, which was put on lockdown. At around 7 p.m., terrified parents and caregivers were able to comfort their children. But the officers and three people they had arrested were trapped inside the house until around 9:30 p.m.
The six officers who were shot sustained non life-threatening injuries and were released from area hospitals last night. “Fortunately, everybody’s going to be OK,” Police Commissioner Richard Ross said at an evening news conference.
Brian O’Neill is Philadelphia’s only Republican to hold a district seat on City Council. Judy Moore, a Democrat, is challenging O’Neill’s four-decade run of representing Northeast Philadelphia. It’s looking like it could be the only competitive head-to-head election on this fall’s city ballot.
While O’Neill has turned away strong challengers in the past despite Democrats holding a more than 2-1 voter registration advantage in his district, this year might be different.
One of the main reasons is a group called Philadelphia 3.0. The controversial group has endorsed Moore. It’s a “super PAC” so it doesn’t have to reveal who has donated to its nonprofit arm.
The answer’s not necessarily clear cut. Different parts of the city’s two major rivers are safer than others, depending on bacteria levels. But the city also has an ordinance against swimming in areas that are declared unsafe based on access, currents, river traffic, and more.
Three very different types of fish — one shy, one resurgent, and the other an invasive predator on the upswing — reveal a lot about our region and its water.
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“The fact that so many people are released without their possessions, and during the hours when public transportation is unavailable, is a testament to an inability to coordinate services. When the criminal justice system and other services operate as parallel and uncoordinated systems, the people who are incarcerated pay the price.” — The Inquirer Editorial Board writes about the number of incarcerated people released from Philly jails without their money and identification.