The Nation: Police Story: Two Hard Towns

Lawless cops?

One is old and gradually shrinking in population. The other is relatively young and still growing. Yet Philadelphia (pop. 1,788,000) and Houston (pop. 1,442,000), the nation's fourth and fifth largest cities, share a common problem. Their police forces have earned evidently deserved reputations for brutality, especially among minority citizens:

Philadelphia: Tough-Guy Style A federal grand jury last week indicted three Philadelphia policemen for violating the civil rights of Machinist Edgardo Ortiz, 26. One night last June, according to eyewitnesses, the cops rapped on Ortiz's glass front door and demanded to question him about a report of a family disturbance. When...

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