Tell Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney: No New FOP Contract Without Accountability
There is a crisis of accountability in the Philadelphia Police Department. And Philly residents are outraged at a department that has hundreds of documented racists on the force, that rehires abusive cops after they are fired, that stops Black and Brown drivers with unfounded accusations of marijuana smoking, with zero evidence, and that has made community access to police complaint database records next to impossible.
When Philadelphia Eagles’ safety Malcolm Jenkins organized a forum on the Philly police, and then wrote a commonsense editorial pushing Mayor Kenney for major transparency and accountability into their search process for a new Police Commissioner, the head of Philadelphia’s Fraternal Order of Police went on a personal, ugly attack against Jenkins; disrespecting not just him, everyone in Philadelphia who demands that our police enshrine transparency and accountability into a department riven by abuse, sexism, and racism.
Mayor Kenney has two major chances to hold our police accountable in his second term: to make sure any new commissioner doesn’t take their seat without agreeing to major transparency and accountability in police oversight, and to demand transparency and accountability as a part of the Fraternal Order of Police contract, on the table now for negotiation. Residents, advocates, and organizations across Philadelphia including POWER, Media Mobilizing Project, and ACLU-PA are coming together because we must demand that there's no new FOP contract without real accountability our communities can feel--are you in?
Read and sign onto our letter to make our demands impossible for Mayor Kenney to ignore.