(PHILADELPHIA) October 14, 2020 – In response to the lawsuit filed by the Fraternal Order of Police over Bill No. 200364-A, Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson (At Large) offers the following statement:
The public comment bill (#200364-A) was crafted through thoughtful engagement with legal and policy experts. I reached out regularly to the FOP and its lawyers to discuss any questions or concerns. I am confident that this bill is lawful. This bill creates transparency and accountability for the people of Philadelphia. It is a shame the FOP wants to block a process that will help build trust and confidence, and therefore, improve police/community relations in the City of Philadelphia.
Councilmember Gilmore Richardson is serving her first term in Philadelphia City Council and is a member of the Police Reform Working Group, a collection of elected officials and advocates working to bring accountability and transparency reforms to law enforcement.