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 is banning police from stopping drivers just for minor traffic violations like a broken brake light. The new policy begins on Feb. 24 and is meant to address the data that shows Philadelphia police pull over Black drivers disproportionally relative to white and Latino drivers. The hope is the new law will cut down on racial profiling and free up police resources to be used for more serious crimes.
- Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said that the criminal system works best when all of its parts are aligned. Outlaw decried the potential loss of a generation of young men of color who make up the majority of shooting victims and perpetrators. Outlaw pointed to three causes of these crimes that need to be addressed, domestic violence, drug sales and access to weapons.
- Philadelphia's economy is falling behind the national average in recovering jobs lost during the pandemic. Research from The Pew Charitable Trusts project that in three years 11,000 to 19,000 fewer people will be working in Philadelphia relative to pre-pandemic numbers. This job loss could affect wage taxes, sales and consumption taxes and potentially real estate taxes.
- Parx Race and Sportsbook is touting itself as the first-ever sportsbook located inside of a restaurant. It is also the first licensed gaming outlet in Chester County. The sportsbook is located in a new Chickie and Pete's location and will offer the chance for patrons to both grab a meal, watch the game and if they so choose throw a few dollars down on some picks.