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Philly Officer Charged w/ Assault of Protestor; $10k Reward in Gas Tank Theft; Sat. Street Closures
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 06/05/20 11:43 pm | updated: 06/05/20 11:46 pm
The Philadelphia District Attorney Office has brought charges against a Philadelphia police officer after video showed him striking a protestor near the head with a baton. Staff Inspector Joseph Bologna is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, and other related charges of 21-year-old Temple University student Evan Gorski. It happened on Monday near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Center City. Gorski was arrested, but charges have been dropped. "We are trying to be fair. Accountability has to be equal. This moment demands a swift and evenhanded response to violent and criminal acts based on the facts and evidence," District Attorney Larry Krasner said. "Americans are taking to the streets to demand a remaking of political, economic and legal systems that serve the powerful at the expense of citizens' health, welfare, and lives. There can be no safety or peace without justice. My office will continue to hold people who cause harm to others equally accountable."

"It's an absolute disgrace. It's a slap in the face to every officer in the City of Philadelphia under these conditions, while we're out there hustling from morning to night," Fraternal Order Of Police President John McNesby said. "To be fired with zero investigation, I mean, none. We look forward to defending Inspector Bologna and he's going to have every resource available to prevail in this case."

"As a Department, we do not condone the criminal acts of any person, and it is my sincere hope that the District Attorney does, in fact, hold all people who cause harm to others equally accountable," Philadelphia Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said. See Outlaw's full statement below.

This is just one of the videos of possible police misconduct that the PPD is reviewing. Outlaw says there are several ongoing internal investigations. "Some of the videos depict conduct that appears to be within our policy guidelines, however, some of the images are disturbing and depict behavior that does not appear to be in accord with our policy," Outlaw said. "We are trained to use force when needed. At the same time, the force needs to be proportionate to the threat that they perceive or see. We don't have right now what all of those circumstances are."

The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of three suspects wanted for stealing chemical and oxygen tanks in Northeast Philly on Thursday, 6/4. It happened at a business on the 2300 block of Church Street. Surveillance video shows the men cutting a hole in the fence and taking several tanks of oxygen and acetylene. They are normally used for welding, but can be very explosive. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 215-686-TIPS.

Philadelphia officials are expecting 1,000s on Saturday for a scheduled protest starting at the Art Museum. There will be several road closures in anticipation of the large crowds. Starting at 11 a.m., traffic will be restricted between Callowhill and South Street, river to river. I-676 will also be closed between I-76 and I-95 starting at 11 a.m. Starting at 5 a.m., the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed to vehicular traffic between the Art Museum and 22nd Street. SEPTA busses will detour around closed roads. The Market-Frankford Line and Broad Street Line will continue to run. PATCO will also run normally. The Ben Franklin Bridge is expected to be open.

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 by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA | responded: 06/05 11:46 pm
Statement from Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw on charges against Police Inspector Joseph Bologna

“Today, I learned from Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner that he has filed criminal charges against Staff Inspector Joseph Bologna, who is assigned to the Police Department’s Patrol Bureau. While I have not been made privy to the entirety of the information that led to Mr. Krasner’s decision to charge Staff Inspector Bologna today, I am aware that the charges stem from an incident involving the application of force, which occurred on Monday, June 1, approximately 5:30pm, in the area of 2400 Ben Franklin Parkway. As I stated earlier today, an internal affairs investigation had already been initiated; and irrespective of the District Attorney’s prosecution, the internal affairs investigation will continue.

As a Department, we do not condone the criminal acts of any person, and it is my sincere hope that the District Attorney does, in fact, hold all people who cause harm to others equally accountable.

To be clear, the District Attorney’s decision to charge Staff Inspector Bologna does not diminish or detract from the efforts of our many officers who have worked tirelessly for extended hours and under tense and stressful conditions. These officers have demonstrated professionalism, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to our mission during tenuous and often volatile periods.

As is always the case, throughout this protracted period of unrest, we will continue to vigorously uphold and support every person’s constitutionally protected freedom to peacefully assemble, and grieve governmental, societal and economic injustice.”

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