The EXPERTS series of articles are dedicated to deeper exploration of topics unearthed in our conversations, or topics that have arisen out of the larger discussion of policing in the U.S. If you have an idea for a story that will fit in this section, contact me, or leave a comment here.
This project’s purpose is to shed light on police misconduct and abuse of power, through the stories of ordinary people. Interspersed with these personal accounts are articles that look deeper into different issues related to law enforcement and the community. Scroll down to begin hearing stories and reading articles.
Phil Waller and John Blanks live in the Grays Ferry neighborhood of South Philadelphia. While celebrating a neighbor on his way to college at their block party, a series of events unfolded that led to an excessive showcase of police power. Early Experiences: Phil and John had different formative experiences and beliefs about police. … Continue reading Phil and John
In addition to the night of his neighborhood block party, Phil has had other negative experiences with police. Hear those stories now. Fit the Profile: Phil is stopped by police in Center City Philadelphia looking for a suspect who is nothing like him, except that they both have dark skin. Followed: In high school, Phil … Continue reading Phil Waller
Rob, who wished to be anonymous for this project, grew up in North Philadelphia, in a Latino family. From stories he heard from his family members, he learned to be wary of the otherwise friendly presentation of police that he was learning in school. Soon, his own experiences would confirm his family's warnings. Early Experiences: … Continue reading Rob