Nation: Cops on Trial

Law and disorder in Philadelphia

Philadelphia police last year arrested Cornell Warren, 20, for reckless driving, cuffed his hands behind his back and took him to headquarters. Along the way, Warren suddenly dashed down the street, with Patrolman Thomas Bowe close behind. In the scuffle that followed, Bowe's revolver went off and Warren fell, fatally wounded. Bowe's attorney argued that the shooting was accidental, and last week a jury acquitted the officer of murder.

Every year, according to the U.S. Justice Department, the Philadelphia police shoot an average of 75 people, which contributes heavily to the force's image as one of the toughest...

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