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Philly Pilot Project Seeks to Halt ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Policing for Quality-of-Life Offenses

Kimberly Paynter
Community groups working against violence in the city of Philadelphia protested stop-and-frisk outside the 26th Police District in Fishtown.

Starting August 1, officers in Northwest Philly will no longer be permitted to “stop and frisk” people for quality-of-life offenses like littering and panhandling. Instead, they’ll first have to ask residents to stop what they’re doing and move along.

WHYY’s Aaron Moselle reports the change is part of a three-month pilot project designed to maximize police resources and cut the number of negative interactions with officers.

(Original air-date: 8/2/21)