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The Philly Four: DA Krasner blames GOP for rising violent crime

Sam Britt

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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.

Former Philadelphia police inspector sued for protest beating

  • Evan Gorksi is suing former Philadelphia Police Inspector Joseph Bologna for violating his civil rights during a protest in 2020. Bologna was caught on camera beating Gorski with a metal rod, causing injuries that required 10 staples. Gorski says Bologna and two other officers made-up charges to arrest him. Bologna has since been terminated from the force but had most of the criminal charges against him dropped.

Court tosses law requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms

  • A Commonwealth Court panel ruled that a Philadelphia ordinance requiring gun owners to report when one of their firearms is lost or stolen is preempted by the Uniform Firearms Act. However, one of the judges stated that their ruling would put people's lives at risk and urged the state Supreme Court to reconsider legal standards and allow for localities to tailor their gun control restrictions to fit their needs.

DA Krasner rails against GOP after calls for his impeachment

  • Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner fired back at Pennsylvania Republicans calling for his impeachment, blaming them for the rise in crime in the city. Krasner said the calls for impeachment were "a stunt" and that nobody takes it seriously. Krasner said the GOP's blockage of gun control legislation and their budget cuts to public schools and programs have more to do with rising crime than his actions.

Philly firefighters sue over vaccine mandate

  • Local 22 IAFF, the union that represents 2,600 firefighters and paramedics in Philadelphia, sued the city on Monday over the vaccine mandate. The lawsuit states that the mandate would suspend 30% of the union's members and that would, in turn, create a public health crisis in the city. The city stated that it is willing to continue negotiations.

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