As the city’s police department struggled to contain a standoff situation with an armed suspect, Philadelphia residents in the area could be seen lobbing trash or other projectiles at law enforcement Wednesday.
Area residents also shoved the police officers, confronted them in an aggressive fashion, and lobbed objects at officers.
Philadelphia police had been fired upon when serving an arrest warrant at a home in the city’s Nicetown neighborhood. Up to 6 officers were shot by a single individual, who may have been wanted for drug-related crimes.
A lengthy showdown ensued between Philadelphia police and the shooter. The authorities were ultimately able to bring the suspect into custody after calling in a SWAT team.
It’s unclear exactly why the area residents lashed out at police who were responding to a dangerous situation. Certainly citizens across the United States have reasons to distrust law enforcement, but obviously confronting cops in the midst of an active shooter incident isn’t the right time to challenge the police.
Watch a video of the shocking turn of events here:
Fortunately, the six officers who were shot are being treated at local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries. One was reportedly grazed in the head by a bullet. The shooter had pinned down police officers for hours, reportedly using an AR15-style rifle and several handguns.
Video of a man who was possibly the shooter being arrested emerged on Wednesday night.
This is allegedly the Philadelphia shooter. pic.twitter.com/n8xjTQBHu0
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 14, 2019
It’s unclear if the mob began abusing the police officers before or after they took the suspect into custody. In either case, such behavior could have plausibly created a dangerous situation for no good reason.
Area residents who assaulted police while they sought to stop an active shooter scenario should be ashamed of themselves.
Boston Public Schools Suspend Advanced Classes for Fourth Through Sixth Graders Because of “Racial Inequities”
70 percent of the students enrolled in the program were either white or Asian.
Citing the pandemic and “racial inequities,” Boston Public Schools has suspended enrollment in an advanced class program for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders.
The program is called Advanced Work Classes, and superintendent Brenda Cassellius has said it will go on a one-year hiatus.
“There’s been a lot of inequities that have been brought to the light in the pandemic that we have to address,” Cassellius told GBH News. “There’s a lot of work we have to do in the district to be anti-racist and have policies where all of our students have a fair shot at an equitable and excellent education.”
Students already in Advanced Work Classes will be able to stay enrolled and continue their work, but for at least one year there will be no new fifth- or sixth-grade students admitted to the program. Fourth-grade students will be admitted “by standards to be determined at the school level.”
80 percent of all Boston public school students are either Hispanic or black, but 70 percent of the students enrolled in Advanced Work Classes are either white or Asian.
School Committee member Lorna Rivera was quoted as saying “this is just not acceptable,” adding that she’s “never heard these statistics before” and is “very, very disturbed by them.”
Superintendent Cassellius also claims that interest in Advanced Work Classes has waned over the years and that only five schools in the district had been offering them.
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