Police Reform

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

With its August recess looming, Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday tackled a handful of bills that would change the police department's budget and some of its policies -- a legislative response to nationwide protests following police killings of unarmed Black people.

Lawmakers Urged To Make Police Discipline Records Public

Jun 19, 2020
Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

With some states taking a fresh look at strengthening measures to hold police officers accountable, lawmakers in Pennsylvania are being urged to join states that make police department records of officer discipline accessible to the public.

Megan Harris / 90.5 WESA

As protests nationwide and across Western Pennsylvania call out police brutality, a collective of activists on Monday presented their list of demands for police reform to city and Allegheny County officials. Among their demands: Reduce a years-long trend of increased police spending.



On today's program: Michelle Kenney, Antwon Rose’s mother, pushes for new policing laws; and Friday marks Juneteenth, a celebration that marks the end of slavery on June 19, 1865. 

Screengrab of House Judiciary Hearing via YouTube

As the House Judiciary Committee considered police reform legislation Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler spoke out against defunding police departments -- and quickly received a correction from a Democratic colleague who wrote the bill being discussed. An amendment he proposed calling for an investigation of the "antifa" movement also went over poorly. 

PA House Committee Advances Two Police Reform Bills

Jun 15, 2020
Ed Mahon / PA Post

One week after Black Democratic lawmakers protested on the House floor,  temporarily preventing the regular session from beginning, a Republican-led House committee unanimously passed two police reform bills.

Courtesy Pa. House Democrats

A group of Democratic representatives took over the Pennsylvania House floor early Monday afternoon, preventing the scheduled session from beginning. Displaying a “Black Lives Matter” banner next to the speaker’s podium, a series of legislators delivered remarks demanding that the House consider police reform legislation.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said Thursday he will wait for the results of two investigations before drawing conclusions about why and how police broke up a protest in East Liberty Monday. In the meantime, he vowed to adopt new police reforms — a pledge that received a tepid response from some local black activists, who said the city must go farther.