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The Philly Four: Vigilante group accused of harassing homeless

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Ex-Philadelphia detective found guilty of sexual assault

  • A former Philadelphia police detective was found guilty of manipulating three male witnesses into committing sexual acts. Philip Nardo was found guilty of rape, stalking, official oppression and attempted sexual assault. As a result of this investigation, numerous homicide convictions were reexamined and several were overturned due to Nardo's sex crimes and misbehavior. Nardo will be sentenced in August.

Philadelphia defends minor traffic stop ban

  • Philadelphia defended its new driving equity law after critics blamed it and similar laws on a supposed rising violent crime rate. Critics said the law took away opportunities for officers to interact with the public and that cops use traffic stops as investigative tools. Philadelphia adopted the ban on traffic stops over minor infractions to address a racial disparity in how the city's police were pulling people over. Philadelphia said that it is collected data in order to address the racial inequity of the stops while also keeping stops necessary for public safety.

Vigilante group accused of harassing the homeless

  • The Guardian Angels of Philadelphia have been reformed this past year after a long hiatus. The group originated in New York City and was meant to function as a group of vigilante citizens who were fed up with the crime rates of the 70s and 80s. Now, the Angels in Philadelphia have turned their attention toward the homeless, although some aren't happy with their process. The group says it gives food and clothing, but it also posts pictures online of homeless persons who they claim to have taken drugs from. Commenters have asked the Angels to stop harassing the homeless, with one writing “You’re a gang of thugs bullying people who need help. An embarrassment to the city.”

Despite massive payroll, Phillies flounder

  • The Philadelphia Phillies currently sit in third place in the NL East, seven games below .500 and 12.5 back of the New York Mets. The Phillies have a similar amount of wins as the lowly Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates despite spending about $160 million more on their payroll. This slow start has called the future of manager Joe Girardi into question, with many believing if he doesn't right the ship soon he will be thrown overboard.

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