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City of Philadelphia offers formal apology for running experiements on inmates at Holmesburg Prison

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 31: A general view of Philadelphia City Hall from Market Street on December 31, 2015 in Philadelphia City. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA - The City of Philadelphia has issued a formal apology for experiments conducted by the University of Pennsylvania at the Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia decades ago. According to the city, the experiments were conducted from the 1950s to the 1970s and purposely exposed incarcerated individuals to pharmaceuticals, viruses, fungus, asbestos and dioxin, a component of Agent Orange. RELATED: Brother of MOVE bombing victims receives sisters remains, apology from PhiladelphiaMany of the incarcerated individuals who were experimented on were Black men who were illiterate, awaiting prosecution and attempting to save enough money to make bail. "While this happened many decades ago, we know that the historical impact and trauma of this practice of medical racism has extended for generations - all the way through to the present day.

One of our Administration's priorities is to rectify historic wrongs while we work to build a more equitable future, and to do that, we must reckon with past atrocities. That is why our Administration today, on behalf of the City of Philadelphia, is addressing this shameful time in Holmesburg's history," Mayor Jim Kenney said.

"Without excuse, we formally and officially extend a sincere apology to those who were subjected to this inhumane and horrific abuse. We are also sorry it took so long to hear these words." RELATED: UPenn issues apology to MOVE for using member remains in anthropology classes

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Parents, educators concerned for safety of Philadelphia students amid rising gun violence
PHILADELPHIA - As students prepare to head back to the classrooms, parents and educators worry about school safety amid Philadelphia's worsening gun violence crisis. Mayor Jim Kenney joined school district leaders on Monday for an update on back-to-school safety and programs for the 2022-2023 academic year. Chief of School Safety Kevin Bethel said the district's plan will rely on a mix of school security officers, city police and parents to keep students safe. Philadelphia's public school system is one of the largest in the country, responsible for approximately 114,000 students. MORE LOCAL HEADLINESThe district reported 47 public and charter school students were killed, mostly from gun violence. Bethel said the district will support "safe corridors" to and from eight schools in the city's most troubled neighborhoods, including Bartram High School where a student was slain last winter.Part of the safety plan includes using police dogs to sniff-out guns hidden outside of school building. The district will not randomly check for weapons in middle and some elementary schools, but staff will be asked to stay alert. "Our parents, adults engaged with these young people are checking their bags making sure children are not taking their guns from their safes or guns they should not have and bringing them to schools," Bethel said. A 7-year-old boy became the victim of a shooting as police say he sat playing video games Saturday night.According to the latest data from the Philadelphia Police Department, there have been 350 homicides in the city this year.
Jim Kenney - Jason Derulo - 'We live in America': Kenney reacts to shooting of officers, says he's looking forward to not being mayor - fox29.com - Usa - county Montgomery - city Philadelphia
'We live in America': Kenney reacts to shooting of officers, says he's looking forward to not being mayor
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney reacted to the news of two police officers being shot at Fourth of July festivities and says he's looking forward to the time he will no longer lead the city. On Monday, a large police presence responded to the 2500 block of Spring Garden Street where a massive crowd gathered to watch Jason Derulo performing at the Wawa Welcome America concert and firework show, authorities say. According to officials, a Philadelphia police officer assigned to highway patrol was grazed in the head and another officer, who was a member of the Montgomery County bomb squad, was shot in the shoulder. Both officers were taken to Jefferson University Hospital, where they were treated before being released, says Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. The gunfire caused the massive crowd of spectators to scatter in the middle of the fireworks show, causing chaos and confusion as people began running. Two police officers suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds when gunfire erupted at a large 4th of July fireworks display in Philadelphia.Kenney and Outlaw spoke to reporters outside of Jefferson Hospital about the incident and gun violence in Philadelphia. Kenney said the day was going smooth at first and described the event as "laid back" and "chill" before shooting began. "[The] weather was beautiful. [The] concert was beautiful, but we live in America and we have the Second Amendment, and we have the Supreme Court of the United States telling everybody they can carry a gun whenever they want," he said.
Jim Kenney - Driving Equality Law: Philadelphia ban on traffic stops for minor infractions goes into effect - fox29.com - city Philadelphia
Driving Equality Law: Philadelphia ban on traffic stops for minor infractions goes into effect
PHILADELPHIA - A new law banning traffic stops for minor infractions went into effect in Philadelphia Thursday, despite recent legal challenges from the police union. Thursday’s implementation of their Driving Equality Law made Philadelphia the first city in the country to implement a law designed to reduce cases of what’s often called ‘driving while Black’ – or getting pulled over for superficial and racially motivated reasons. City Council passed the first-of-its kind bill in October, and Mayor Jim Kenney signed it into law in November, before it went into effect March 3. The law bans officers from pulling over vehicles based on traffic violations that are considered "secondary violations" in an effort to prevent racial disparities in traffic incidents handled by police. The following issues are considered secondary violations in the new law:Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 filed a lawsuit against the city and city officials over the law late last month, claiming that the law was dangerous. "This terrible law puts reckless drivers behind the wheel of unsafe vehicles that ultimately puts the general public in danger," said FOP Lodge # President John McNesby. McNesby had expressed concerns about the law before it was passed. In October, he told FOX 29 about the importance of traffic stops. "These stops, they lead to bigger things, they find guns, they find drugs, it leads to bigger things," he said.
Jim Kenney - Philadelphia mandates: City to announce 'adjustments' to COVID-19 mitigation measures Wednesday - fox29.com - state Pennsylvania - city Philadelphia
Philadelphia mandates: City to announce 'adjustments' to COVID-19 mitigation measures Wednesday
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia officials will announce changes to COVID-19 mitigation during their weekly coronavirus response briefing on Wednesday, according to Mayor Jim Kenney. The changes would come as health officials and Mayor Jim Kenney say case counts and positivity rates have continued to fall in Philadelphia. At the peak of the omicron surge, around Jan. 3, Philadelphia was reporting 38% positivity rates and approximately 2,600 daily cases. On Monday, the city reported a positivity rate of less than 3% and around 200 daily cases in recent weeks. "There will be some adjustments tomorrow," Kenney said Tuesday morning after attending a groundbreaking for a local playground. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said Tuesday that he believes masks have helped keep people safe during the pandemic.  When asked if the time had come for the city’s mask mandates to end, Kenney credited the wearing of masks as playing an important role in the drop in case counts. "It only happened because of this discipline," Kenney said point to his 76ers themed facemask. Senior Director of Operations for Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association Ben Fileccia told FOX 29 on Monday that he expected Philadelphia officials to make an announcement Wednesday about metrics they will use to determine appropriate mandates going forward.On Tuesday, Kenney revealed that the city would be announcing some ‘numbers and data points’ in reference to possibly easing some restrictions on Wednesday.
Jim Kenney - Founder of Philly Fighting COVID agrees to destroy personal health data collected during clinic debacle - fox29.com - state Pennsylvania
Founder of Philly Fighting COVID agrees to destroy personal health data collected during clinic debacle
Andrei Doroshin PHILADELPHIA - A graduate student in psychology whose COVID-19 vaccine operation got shut down by Philadelphia last year has settled with the state attorney general's office and agreed to destroy all personal health information his start-up gathered.The agreement was filed Friday in Commonwealth Court and requires a judge's approval to take effect.Central to the accusations against Andrei Doroshin, who had almost no public health experience when the city gave him the task, was that he had intended to profit from the vaccine operation run by his start-up, called Philly Fighting COVID.Mayor Jim Kenney says Philly Fighting COVID was a mistake after the Inspector General found no malice, no ill-intent, and no one seeking personal gain.Doroshin denied the allegations by the attorney general's office, including violating the state's nonprofit corporation law.Under the agreement, Doroshin and his associates are barred from managing charitable assets or soliciting charitable donations in Pennsylvania for 10 years.Doroshin also must destroy the personal health information gathered through the vaccine pre-registration service and is barred from receiving any financial benefit from the information or the vaccine.Doroshin must also dissolve Philly Fighting COVID.City officials said they gave him the job because he and his friends had organized one of the community groups that set up COVID-19 testing sites throughout the city in 2020.But they shut the vaccine operation down once they learned that Doroshin had switched his privacy notice to potentially sell patient data.