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Philadelphia Police Accountability Project Updates

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Declaration Staff

Last month, Mayor Jim Kenney signed an executive order updating Philadelphia’s rules for access to civilian complaints against police. As we noted at the time, the new order improves public access by requiring certain data about complaints to be posted online and clarifying the rules about when the public can access police disciplinary hearings.

However, the new order was ambiguous on the question of whether the public could still access the full paper investigation files for complaints and it also contained an unnecessary setback for police accountability by censoring the names of officers against whom complaints are filed.

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