Practically since Nutter came into office, his administration has promised comprehensive reform of the policies governing the sale of city-owned vacant land in Philadelphia. In case you hadn't noticed, there's a lot of it.
The story of the murder of Reyna Aguirre-Alonso began as simply as any. There was no mention of possible suspects. Police did not immediately report a motive. By the following morning a more complicated picture began to emerge.
Last week, the city announced actions taken against three companies that allegedly lied in a "sham minority contracting scheme." All three companies were penalized, but the primary contractor — which, City Paper found, controls a PAC that's given hundreds of donations to powerful state officials — has been allowed to continue working.
While some crime has risen over the past few years, there are no statistics bearing out an increase of comparable proportions. That gives some weight to another obvious explanation: that the more Tasers police get, the more they are used.