Timeline of Police Violence in Philadelphia During Black Lives Matter Demonstrations

Credit: Benjamin Peifer

May 30, 2020

2:30pm — Center City

May 31, 2020

The morning of May 31, West Philadelphia was peaceful and unremarkable. After the city-wide curfew was lifted, many neighbors were out enjoying the warm spring morning, congregating in local parks, and going about business as usual.

June 1, 2020

3:00pm — Philadelphia Police Headquarters

Credit: Benjamin Peifer
Credit: Benjamin Peifer
Credit: Benjamin Peifer

Conclusion

The violence perpetrated by Philadelphia police in May and June has had lasting impacts on residents, who are living with the effects of physical harm and emotional trauma. The events inverted the role of residents and the police. Philadelphians put themselves in harm’s way to protect neighbors, friends, and complete strangers from violence by police. Despite the danger presented by police presence, many continued to assert their right to assemble and protest. All this, as police protected and praised white vigilantes.

--

--

--

We are the ACLU’s Pennsylvania affiliate, defending the Constitution and the Bill of Rights through litigation, advocacy, and community education and outreach.

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

Coercion is not always about force

Addressing The Stigma Surrounding HIV/AIDS

Why I’m against Koda Condos: historic racism, not historic preservation.

A Man Without a Country

Rhetorical analysis: Like a girl, and why it’s okay

Privileged laundry

Fight. Racism in the Muslim Community

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
ACLU of Pennsylvania

ACLU of Pennsylvania

We are the ACLU’s Pennsylvania affiliate, defending the Constitution and the Bill of Rights through litigation, advocacy, and community education and outreach.

More from Medium

Guatemala penalizing diversity

A Review on Abortion Access for Republican Evangelicals

The Worst is Yet to Come

“Holy Week: Holy Wednesday — a Ben Faith”