Report: Less than 1% of civilian complaints filed against Philly police result in discipline

May 14, 2021

By Aaron Moselle

From the article: "...Additionally, the average internal affairs investigation into a citizen complaint took twice as long as the department’s required time limit of 90 days, researchers working with the PAC found.

“It highlights that the process is broken,” said Hans Menos, the former PAC executive director who is now vice president of law enforcement initiatives at the Center for Policing Equity. “The process is overly influenced by the police department and likely the [Fraternal Order of Police].”

The stark findings come as Philadelphia prepares to replace the PAC, founded in 1994, with a more powerful Citizens Police Oversight Commission. Voters last November overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure giving lawmakers the green light to create the permanent and independent watchdog agency. Supporters hope it can help restore public trust in the nation’s fourth-largest police department..."

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