Future of big-city policing on the ballot in Philadelphia

AP News
Posted: May 10, 2015 11:05 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Freddie Gray's death in Baltimore has had a ripple effect on politics in Philadelphia, focusing the city's mayoral race on policing just weeks before an important vote.

Candidates are showing up at protests, playing up their plans for sweeping reform and even taking on the current police commissioner over his support of stop-and-frisk.

Philadelphia's next mayor will inherit a police force that has long been a microcosm of the problems plaguing departments from Ferguson, Missouri to Baltimore.

With some changes already underway, the nation's fifth-largest city is also poised to be a model for change.

The police department is working to implement dozens of recommendations for better training, transparency and outreach.

Candidates have proposed zero-tolerance for hateful speech by officers and decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.