Philadelphia settled a lawsuit over its “stop and frisk” policy, and Mayor Michael Nutter signed two executive orders that will change the way the police conduct investigative stops, reports the Philadelphia Daily News. The city agreed review training procedures, distribute cards explaining standards for investigatory stops, and the launch an electronic database of stop reports.
JoAnne Epps, dean of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, was named an independent outside auditor who will analyze audits and make recommendations to U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell. Seven of the eight plaintiffs in the case – all black and Latino men, will get a total of $115,000 in the settlement. State Rep. Jewell Williams, a plaintiff who won the May Democratic primary for sheriff, will not receive any money. The lawsuit said pedestrian stops rose dramatically from 2005 to 2009 – from 102,319 to 253,333 – and that 72 percent of those stopped in 2009 were black. Only 8.4 percent of the stops led to an arrest.