Welcome to The Philly Four, a daily recap of four of the top stories from the Philadelphia area, covering everything from local government to the Phillies bullpen. A one-stop shop for the most important news bites in the City of Brotherly Love.
- Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt spoke before the Senate and detailed the threats he received in the wake of the 2020 election. Schmidt was testifying at a hearing about the threats against election administrators. Schmidt, who was singled out during Donald Trumps' accusations of election fraud, read off numerous threats against him and his family and called them "domestic terrorism."
- On the year anniversary of the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., Philadelphia agreed to train and equip every patrol officer with a Taser. On the day Wallace was killed, only a third of police officers were equipped with a Taser. The effort to arm these officers with Tasers will cost $14 million and will be paid for with funds already approved in this year's budget.
- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that a person does not have to violate a gun control law in order to challenge it in court on constitutional grounds. The issues being disputed are numerous Harrisburg criminal penalties and ordinances that local gun groups find unconstitutional. The court was split 4-3 with some judges stating that violating a law is not a price of admission into the courthouse while others dissented by arguing that simply owning a gun does not represent an immediate or direct interest in the city ordinances.
- A bill to protect an affordable housing complex in West Philadelphia was approved by the City Council's Committee on Rules, bringing it one step closer to becoming law. The University City townhouses went up for sale last summer after the owner didn't renew its affordable housing contract with the government. The bill would temporarily stop the demolition of the complex and in the future would require developers to keep some affordable housing on the land.