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 Lodge 5 of The Fraternal Order of Police, Philadelphia's police union, is suing the city over the new Driving Equity Law that bans officers from pulling cars over for minor traffic violations, like registration not being properly displayed or a single damaged brake light. Data found that Black drivers were disproportionally stopped by Philadelphia police in the city. However, FOB Lodge #5 President John McNesby said that the law "puts reckless drivers behind the wheel of unsafe vehicles that ultimately puts the general public in danger."
- The Upper Darby School District announced that it will be changing its mask policy starting on March 7 to mask recommended. The school district released a statement that masking will no longer be required within buildings, citing declining COVID-19 numbers as the reason behind the decision.
- A group of Pennsylvania-based truckers is seeking to emulate the controversial Canadian Freedom Convoy that protested in Ottawa this past month. The Pennsylvania protest group plans on meeting in Scranton and heading up to Harrisburg before driving down to outside of D.C. Some of the grievances include "loss of freedoms," the renaming of Scranton streets after President Joe Biden, criminal investigation into the death of Jan. 6 rioter Ashli Babbit, an increase of trucker insurance liability and various concerns over "illegals" and "BLM."
- A pair of Philadelphia police officer brothers, James and Patrick Smith, were off-duty when they allegedly thought a man with Asperger's syndrome was breaking into cars in a shopping center parking lot. The protection said that the two then beat the man, leaving him with multiple injuries. However, the judge ruled that the prosecution had not proven that a crime was committed. The defendants' lawyer said the two are looking forward to continuing their careers in law enforcement.