Watchdog group suggests some new tactics for Philly Police after ‘Occupy ICE’ protest

November 28, 2018
Police raid the Occupy Ice encampment outside of a Philadelphia ICE office on 8th and Cherry in Center City on Thursday, July 5, 2018. Protesters are calling for the closure of the detention center in Berks County and an end to local collaboration with federal immigration officials. Police raided their camp at about 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

By Staff

The independent watchdog commission that reviewed how Philadelphia Police handled last summer’s Occupy ICE protests says officers gave demonstrators “ample time” to relocate before clearing the site, but suggests the department should more clearly mark areas off-limits to protesters, and use social media more frequently to communicate during active events.

In a 21-page report released Wednesday, the Police Advisory Commission stopped short of recommending widespread policy changes in the wake of the days-long demonstration, which attracted national attention after officers raided an encampment at Eighth and Filbert Streets on July 5. Police also cited several protesters who had gathered to show their opposition to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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