Nutter Updates ‘Stop and Frisk’ Policy with Executive Orders Amid City Lawsuit Payout
Mayor Nutter held a press conference this morning with members of the Philadelphia Police Department and civil rights attorneys, announcing a settlement and two executive orders with regards to the controversial ‘stop and frisk’ policy.
The settlement pertained to Bailey vs. City of Philadelphia, which was filed in the U.S. District Court last November by eight plaintiffs, alleging their 14th Amendment rights were violated during ‘stop and frisk’ encounters by police. Among the plaintiffs is State Rep. and candidate for Sheriff Jewell Williams. The city has agreed to pay out $115,000 to plaintiffs in Bailey v. City of Philadelphia. Williams is not included in the settlement.
After brief comments by Nutter, he left the microphone to sign two executive orders, which will allegedly make the city’s ’stop and frisk’ policy more in line with the Constitution.
The first, according to the mayor, will establish “an electronic database” which will serve to increase the monitoring and audits “of investigative detentions, frisks and searches conducted” by police. Once a year, the Philadelphia Police Department will put out a report with their findings. This will go into effect immediately.
The second order will update the processing of complaints with regard to investigation and review. And, apparently – yes, that’s skepticism – the PPD’s website will make available the Citizens Complaint Reports to the public when the time comes. This will go into effect in 60 days.
Nutter assured the City Hall audience that part of police officer re-training includes only allowing a search if there is a “real threat” and officers have reason to believe the would-be suspect is armed. Polls have shown ‘Stop and Frisk’ is tremendously popular with city residents.
Also speaking were attorneys David Rudovsky and David Messing, as well as Mary Catherine Roper of the ACLU. All were satisfied with the settlement and city updates.
Here are some other factoids to come from the presser:
• 84.5 percent of Philadelphia homicides involve a black victim.
• 84 percent of those arrested for homicides are black.
• Philadelphia Police officers will begin keeping “Rule cards” in their pockets or their wallets as quick reminders of how far they’re allowed to go in ‘stop and friskies.’
• PPD publication “Legally Speaking” which is titled “Revisiting Stop & Frisk” has been distributed to all PPD districts for refreshers.
• Temple Law School Dean JoAnne Epps will serve as an independent auditor for the process. She was not in attendance, but was quoted on the press release.
• Nutter used the term “smart policing” this morning, thereby continuing the overuse of “smart” in everything the city does.
Photos: Matt Petrillo