PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia’s police union is challenging a city policy of releasing the names of officers involved in shootings.
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 has filed a lawsuit arguing that Philadelphia’s policy of making an officer’s identity public 72 hours after a shooting should have been cleared by a state labor board before being implemented.
The suit comes after a Black Lives Matter protest outside the home of an officer on leave following the June shooting of a man officials said was armed. The union says the officer and his family have been threatened following release of his name. The shooting is under review because police say it appears the man was shot in the buttocks as he ran away. A hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 29.