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$2M Settlement in West Philly Police Abuse Case; PA Turnpike Missing $102M; Philly Police Contract
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 09/15/21 11:15 pm | updated: 09/15/21 11:15 pm
A Philadelphia woman has reached a $2 million settlement with the City of Philadelphia after she was pulled from her car and beaten by police last October during the unrest over the shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. It happened around 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning, 10/27/2020, near 52nd and Chestnut Streets in West Philadelphia. Rickia Young was driving with her 2-year-old son in the car and had just picked up her 16-year-old nephew from a friend's house. On the way home, she made a turn and ended up between a line of police officers and a group of protesters. She attempted to turn the car around, but officers surrounded her vehicle. They broke out the windows and pulled her and her nephew out of the car. She was taken into custody and was treated at Jefferson for her injuries. She was eventually released without charges. Her 2-year-old son was taken by police and eventually found by the grandmother at City Hall. Two officers involved in the incident have been fired, while 14 others remain on restricted duty. Young would like to see the officers prosecuted. "I will never forget what those officers did to us that night," she said. "I hope that the officers responsible will never have the chance to do something like this to another person ever again."

Young is also suing the National Fraternal Order of Police. They had posted a photo of an officer holding her young son with a caption claiming police had found a barefoot child wandering the streets, instead of the reality being he was taken from his mother's SUV. The picture was quickly taken down from social media.

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An internal Pennsylvania Turnpike Report from July says that more than $104 million in tolls went uncollected last year. The millions of motorists using the "toll-by-plate" license plate camera system had nearly a 1 in 2 chance of traveling the toll road without paying due to errors in the system. "We take this issue very seriously. It is a big number, there's no question," turnpike Chief Executive Mark Compton said. "But we, as an organization, are leaving no stone unturned in the way in which we’re going after that leakage." The turnpike went to all electronic tolls last year. Hundreds of toll workers were laid off and cash tolls stopped due to the pandemic. EZ-Pass accounts for 93% of trips on the highway. Non EZ-Pass drivers are billed using the new system. The "toll-by-plate" system works by taking a photo of your license plate and sending you a bill. The system failed in a number of ways including bad/obstructed photos and unpaid/undeliverable bills. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission can work with PennDOT to suspend registrations for unpaid tolls or ask district attorneys to pursue theft-of-services charges. Out-of-state drivers are harder to track down.

An arbiter has awarded Philadelphia's police union a new contract that runs through June 2024. Police officers will receive a $1,500 cost of living bonus, an almost 10% raise over the next three years, four weeks parental leave, and a new holiday Juneteeth. The residency rules will remain in place allowing officers to move outside the city after five years on the force. A civilian will be added to the police department's three person disciplinary panel. A Police Termination Arbitration Board has been created. A new offense was added to the disiplinary code: Fraternizing with members of hate groups.

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