Philadelphia has become a focal point in the national controversy over stop-and-frisk policing.
Josh Saul of Newsweek tackled the issue and interviewed Philly Mayor Jim Kenney.
Kenney has faced recent criticism over his campaign promise to stop the police tactic. He also objects to the term “stop-and-frisk”, telling Saul he prefers the phrase “constitutional pedestrian stops”.
Despite an ACLU report criticizing the pace of change, the Mayor asserts that things have improved since he took office in January. In fact, Saul found that there has been a ten percent drop in stops so far compared to last year.
According to Kenney, though, Philadelphia must overcome its history of conflict between police and civilians.
“There was stuff that the police did during the Rizzo years—the cops were in charge,” he stated. “You did what you were told, and if you didn’t do it fast enough, you got your head split open. That’s what we’re dealing with now, the residual of that history…and it’s hard to correct it in four months.”