$12.5 million contract puts body cameras on all 4,000 Philadelphia Police Department officers


$12.5M contract for police body cameras could draw watchdogs

With Philadelphia officials buying thousands of body cameras for city cops, taxpayers would assume they would shop around for the best price.
Top city officials promised to do that last year, but instead they have signed a four-year, $12.5 million contract with Axon, the company formerly known as Taser International, to equip all 4,000 patrol officers with cameras — without giving competitors a chance to publicly bid, according to documents reviewed by WHYY.


Dozens of officers already have body cameras, under a pilot program in North Philadelphia that launched in late 2014.
Under the new deal, another 500 officers will get cameras every six months until every patrol officer citywide has one. It’s one of the biggest police department adoptions of the gadgets in the country, which made it a highly-coveted contract.

VIDEO: PA school teacher attacked by parents of student, beat with bricks, dragged from her car

A woman who claims a Pittsburgh elementary school teacher choked her daughter while disciplining her has been charged with following the teacher after school, hitting her with a brick and then pulling her from her car and beating her. 

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VIDEO: Watch President George W. Bush deliver harsh comments on Donald Trump in speech, “Bigotry seems emboldened in the US”

George W. Bush: ‘Bigotry seems emboldened’ in US


Former President George W. Bush said Thursday that “bigotry seems emboldened” in the United States, warning that Americans need to reject “white supremacy.”

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Neville WWE Rumor: Did The Former Cruiserweight Champ Really Quit?

By Chuck Carroll

WWE is emphatically denying reports that former Cruiserweight Champion Neville has walked out on the company. Rumors began swirling Tuesday that the English wrestler became frustrated by the creative plan for him on Monday’s RAW and exited the arena before the show went on the air.

According to The Wrestling Observer, Neville became upset after learning he was scheduled to lose to now former champion Enzo Amore in a Lumberjack Match in that night’s main event. After Neville allegedly took his leave, WWE reportedly called an audible and decided to have Kalisto score a surprising win over Amore to become the new Cruiserweight Champion.

Although WWE is denying the rumors in the strongest possible terms, Neville was noticeably absent from Tuesday’s 205 Live. His Twitter account has been dormant since September 28 when he promoted his t-shirt that is being sold by WWE’s online store. However, he has never been overly active on social media.

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Kevin Owens deepened the intrigue on Instagram Wednesday by posting a picture of himself and Neville. Without comment, Owens submitted a candid black and white photo showing Neville holding the Cruiserweight title over his left shoulder while the two were having a discussion backstage.

The 32-year-old last wrestled a televised match on September 26th when he defeated Ariya Daivari on 205 Live. He then won a series of matches against Amore by disqualification on house shows, but hasn’t wrestled since.

The RAW brand, which hosts the cruiserweight division, is scheduled to have a series of house shows in Canada and the Pacific Northwest beginning Friday. The loop ends Monday, when WWE’s flagship program emanates from Portland, Oregon. It’s unclear whether Neville will make an appearance at any of the shows. Only time will tell.

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News and Notes

On a brighter note for WWE, the company’s fundraising efforts for the Susan G. Komen Foundation are doing well. Since its inception, WWE’s initiatives have raised more than 2 million dollars for breast cancer research, according to figures published on Komen’s website.

Ring of Honor has a massive series of Global Wars shows using New Japan Pro Wrestling talent this weekend. The loop begins Thursday in Buffalo and culminates with an iPPV Sunday in Chicago. The double main event features IWGP U.S. Champion, Kenny Omega, taking on Yoshi-Hashi and an eight-man tag match between Bullet Club (ROH Champion Cody and Six-Man Tag Champions Young Bucks and Adam Page) and Search and Destroy (ROH Tag Team Champions Motor City Machine Guns, Jonathan Gresham, and Jay White). Keep an eye on the Flip Gordon-Will Ospreay match, which has the potential to be a show stealer. ROH is also offering an exclusive free live stream of Friday and Saturday night’s shows to its online ringside subscribers.

ROH is returning to the 2300 Arena (formerly known as ECW Arena) in Philadelphia next Friday for a television taping. No matches have been announced.

WWE is finally taking the shrink-wrapp off of the repackaged Luke Harper and Eric Rowan. The former Wyatt Family members now appear to be calling themselves The Bludgeon Brothers after resurfacing in a dark vignette on Tuesday’s SmackDown.

Chuck Carroll is former pro wrestling announcer and referee turned sports media personality. He once appeared on Monday Night RAW when he presented Robert Griffin III with a WWE title belt in the Redskins locker room.

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Philadelphia Police Looking For New Recruits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Police Department is in the home stretch of its city-wide recruitment drive.

In East Kensington, State Representative Angel Cruz once again opened the doors of his office to a Philly officer looking to sign up eager young men and women from the community.

“I do this every year because I think it’s important that we bring these resources to the community,” he said.

Officer Samuel Cruz has been the go-to guy in this office for the past four years. He specializes at reeling in Latino candidates.

“You need Latino officers in Latino areas to comunicate with the language barrier also. We gotta put that out there and help them out in that way,” said Cruz.

The recruitment drive began last month and ends on October 20th. Anyone interested in becoming a Philadelphia police officer can get information at Joinphillypd.com.

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Shemar Moore To Guest Star On ‘Criminal Minds’ On Oct. 25

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Shemar Moore, star of the new drama series “S.W.A.T.,” will return to “Criminal Minds” to guest star in the season’s fifth episode, airing Wednesday, Oct. 25 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Moore, an original “Criminal Minds” cast member from 2005-2016 (252 episodes), will reprise his role as Derek Morgan.

In the episode, Morgan returns to the BAU to help Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) deal with a case that has affected her emotionally.

“Criminal Minds” stars Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Aisha Tyler, Kirsten Vangsness, Adam Rodriguez and Daniel Henney. Mark Gordon, Erica Messer and Breen Frazier are executive producers for ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios.

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Shemar Moore To Guest Star On ‘Criminal Minds’ On Oct. 25

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Shemar Moore, star of the new drama series “S.W.A.T.,” will return to “Criminal Minds” to guest star in the season’s fifth episode, airing Wednesday, Oct. 25 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Moore, an original “Criminal Minds” cast member from 2005-2016 (252 episodes), will reprise his role as Derek Morgan.

In the episode, Morgan returns to the BAU to help Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) deal with a case that has affected her emotionally.

“Criminal Minds” stars Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Aisha Tyler, Kirsten Vangsness, Adam Rodriguez and Daniel Henney. Mark Gordon, Erica Messer and Breen Frazier are executive producers for ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios.

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Shemar Moore To Guest Star On ‘Criminal Minds’ On Oct. 25

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Shemar Moore, star of the new drama series “S.W.A.T.,” will return to “Criminal Minds” to guest star in the season’s fifth episode, airing Wednesday, Oct. 25 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Moore, an original “Criminal Minds” cast member from 2005-2016 (252 episodes), will reprise his role as Derek Morgan.

In the episode, Morgan returns to the BAU to help Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) deal with a case that has affected her emotionally.

“Criminal Minds” stars Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Aisha Tyler, Kirsten Vangsness, Adam Rodriguez and Daniel Henney. Mark Gordon, Erica Messer and Breen Frazier are executive producers for ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios.

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