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Re: We Pay A Shocking Amount For Police Misconduct, And Cops Want Us Just To Accept It. We Shouldn't.
~$40 million between 2009 and 2014.
MuckRock reported last November that Philadelphia taxpayers had footed the bill for more than $40 million in police misconduct settlements filed after 2009 and settled before October 2014. More than $13 million of that total came from 29 suits over officer-involved shootings, including two separate $2.5 million settlements. In one case, officers fired 62 times into a stolen car when its two occupants reportedly refused to exit. The men, both black, were unarmed. One of them died, and the other was critically injured. No officer faced criminal charges in the case, and no disciplinary action was announced.
That's enough money for Philadelphia to fund a new center to teach career skills to high school students more than six times over.
The $6 million Center for Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing is slated to open later this year, and will provide students with a variety of job training skills designed to give them access to industries that currently have trouble filling vacancies. The center is being built as a renovated wing at Benjamin Franklin High School, but will accept applications from students across the city. Many of the programs offered at the facility, which include electromechanical manufacturing and renewable-energy technology, aren't offered anywhere else in Philadelphia schools.