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Philly police spent nearly $18 million in overtime during protests, according to preliminary data

Philly police spent nearly $18 million in overtime during protests, according to preliminary data

The Philadelphia Police Department spent nearly $18 million in overtime as people flooded the city’s streets in the last month to protest police brutality and racism, and to advocate slashing the department’s budget. Overtime expenditures from May 30 through June 21 were more than triple the average monthly cost of $5.8 million set over the last five years, according to data from the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA). At the same time, Philadelphia is grappling with the economic ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused a More than 450 city...

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‘Black owned don’t loot:’ For some business owners, signs show solidarity — and provide protection

‘Black owned don’t loot:’ For some business owners, signs show solidarity — and provide protection

As looting spread from Center City two weekends ago, the Scurry family became desperate to protect La’Vanter, their women’s clothing boutique in North Philadelphia. Ninety percent of sales had disappeared during the pandemic, and another hit could finish their small company. Store owner Jamil Scurry, a former Philadelphia police officer, grabbed a large piece of vinyl and spray-painted it with the words he hoped would spare them: BLACK OWNED #FLOYD. It worked. Nearby businesses were broken into that weekend, Scurry said, but his was left undamaged. As protests in this city and across the...

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