DAILY GRINDER: Philly Police Face Cameras Offer Cyborg-Like Advantage
Philadelphia police are going to begin testing tiny cameras attached to their glasses, hat or collar. Police Chief Ramsey says a police force the size of Philadelphia’s might be hard to equip, if they want to move forward with the idea, but that “if there is a complaint that occurs at a later time you do have some very powerful video evidence as to what took place.” Plus, you gotta combat all those Occupy Philly camera phones in your face—all the time—with something, right? Another reason this is cool: One more step toward an all-Robocop police force.
City Council has agreed to put off the Actual Value Incentive deal to next year, despite Mayor Nutter coming back into town from his U.S. Mayors summit (where he’ll be crowned president tomorrow). Council is, though, raising property taxes a little to provide $40 million to Philadelphia schools. Council president Darrell Clark noted of AVI that, “we are simply not prepared to do that now because we don’t have any numbers that reflect the outcome of whatever action we take and we just don’t feel that it was prudent, appropriate.”
Newsworks notes two “well-known” Northwest Philadelphia residents—Germantown Newspapers publisher James Foster and developer Richard Snowden—railed against the AVI program yesterday before the delay was reached. Both argued the enactment of the plan would chase away potential new and current homeowners.
The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania held steady at 7.4 percent in May, even as the national unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent.
Victim 7 in the Jerry Sandusky trial told the jury that as a preteen, he blocked out Jerry Sandusky’s abuse in order to focus on the positives—like the free Penn State football tickets he was getting. And that the abuse has left him with many emotional scars. “I’m repulsed by chest hair now,” Victim 7 said. “I remember the feeling of it pressed up against my back and for whatever reason it made me hate it. I just hate chest hair.”
The Kathleen Kane for Attorney General Campaign has changed its top staff for the second time in six months.
The 169th District was again taken out of Northeast Philadelphia and put into York County in a new redrawing of the state legislative map.