HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — Some state police troopers are slated to start using body cameras later this year. So, to keep them and other officers across the commonwealth from running afoul of the law or damaging criminal cases, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association has released a list of best practices.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — Pennsylvania lawmakers are trying to figure out a better way to pay for state police. Most of the department’s annual budget comes from the commonwealth’s Motor License Fund, which is supposed to pay for roads and bridges.
State Police troopers recently resolved a stand-off with an armed man in Dauphin County by taking him for mental health treatment. Credit NEW YORK STATE POLICE / FACEBOOK
An increase in training may have kept the situation from turning tragic. About a quarter of people shot and killed by police nationwide are suffering from a mental illness, according to a database maintained by The Washington Post. Oftentimes, the blame is placed on a lack of training. State Police Corporal Adam Reed said an emphasis has been placed on training troopers to better recognize mental health issues.
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In the Spring of 1913, Samuel Howell, the foreman of a construction firm, was attacked and robbed of the company’s payroll by four men on a rural road near the town of Bedford in Westchester County. He was shot seven times.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) — A proposal struck down by Governor Tom Wolf last session is back in the legislature, and may very well pass again. The measure aims to shield police officers from public scrutiny after they’ve been involved with shootings or other similar incidents. And though it has fairly bipartisan support, lawmakers are hard-pressed to figure out a way to get Wolf to sign it. House Bill 27 would keep local police departments from releasing names of officers involved in shootings for at least 30 days following an incident. It saw strong opposition from the ACLU and governor, but passed both chambers last session. This session, it again passed the House.
Police officers in Oakland, Calif., line up across from demonstrators on July 7 as protesters marched against police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. Amanda Agustin/Youth Radio
After a week of violence and death, Youth Radio’s Soraya Shockley ponders how to move forward despite the sadness and anger.
On Tuesday, in Baton Rouge Louisiana, 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot by police. The next day, in Falcon Heights, Minnesota police shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile. Both were black men, and videos of their deaths have been watched by millions on social media. Including me. These two videos aren’t special.