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Philly Cop Charged Murder of Black Man; Inquirer Closing Printing Plant; Judge Rules Against Trump
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 10/09/20 3:55 pm | updated: 10/09/20 3:55 pm
A former Philadelphia police officer has been indicted by a grand jury in the death of an unarmed Black man in 2017. 33-year-old Eric Ruch Jr. is charged with Murder of the First Degree, Murder of the Third Degree, Voluntary Manslaughter, and Possession of an Instrument of Crime in the death of 25-year-old Dennis Plowden. It happened around 8:30 p.m. on December 27, 2017, at 19th and Nedro Streets in East Germantown. Plainclothes officers attempted to pull over a Hyundai which matched the description of a vehicle used in a recent homicide. The car briefly pulled over and then sped away, striking an officer and the door of a second police vehicle. The suspect eventually crashed. Plowden got out and stumbled onto the curb. Police ordered him to show his hands. According to the presentment, he had his left hand open and up near his face. It does not say where his right hand was, whether it was behind his back or visible. Ruch opened fire and shot Plowden through his hand and into his head. He was taken to the hospital where he died the next day. Plowden was found to be unarmed. Ruch was dismissed from the force a year later in 2018. He had served 10 years as a cop. He turned himself in on Friday morning, 10/8. He is being held without bail. The Fraternal Order of Police will be representing him.


The Philadelphia Inquirer announced on Friday, 10/8, that it is planning on closing and selling its Montgomery County printing plant and outsourcing production of its two newspapers. The Schuylkill Printing Plant is located on River Road in Upper Merion Township and employees 550 workers. 500 workers will be laid off, representing nearly half of the company's workforce. The Inquirer and Daily News will printed at a plant in Cherry Hill, NJ owned by Gannett Co. Inc. which may rehire some employees. There will be no noticeable changes to the papers for the readership.

On Friday, 10/8, a Philadelphia judge rejected a Trump campaign request that poll watchers be allowed at satellite election offices to monitor voting activity. These offices are set up around the city and allow voters to register, request, fill out, and return mail-in ballots without using the mail. The city says the places are just election offices not polling places, and by law, poll watchers aren't allowed. The Trump campaign claims that despite being called 'election offices' the activity taking place inside certainly makes them look like de facto 'polling places.' They called it a 'backdoor attempt' at early voting.

Judge Gary Glazer in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas ruled to the letter of the election law. "For this court to read into the election code the right of watchers to be present in Board of Elections' offices, which the legislature did not expressly provide, would be the worst sort of judicial activism," he said. "This court will not engage in such improper conduct, which would be a clear usurpation of the legislative function."

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