Council sets hearing to address police conduct
Thursday, October 28th, 2010
Following recent allegations of police brutality, Philadelphia City Council will hold a hearing on police conduct.
Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller says she called for the hearings to examine what she calls a possible rise in police officer conduct that is questionable and potentially damaging to the reputation and integrity of the department.
"We're not trying to have some kind of circus, we just want to understand what is going on. Certainly there are problems in certain districts, there are more problems in certain districts than there are in others. It's time, we've gotten a lot of requests to have a hearing and it's just time to do it."
The councilwoman says she expects people who say police overstepped their bounds will be available to testify at the hearing. Philadelphia Police spokesman Lieutenant Ray Evers says the department has no information about any uptick in problems with police and the public.
"There is no increase of complaints against police officers since 2004 and I'm looking at the numbers through 2010."