June 13th, 2008. Philadelphia Police descended upon the home of homeowners who have been questioning police tactics in Mayor Nutter's new "stop and frisk" program. 4 residents were arrested in their home at 17th Street and Ridge Avenue, and the police are in the process of sealing the building. The homeowners are being held at the police station, no charges have yet been filed.
Homeowners had been circulating petitions calling upon Mayor Nutter and Police Commissioner Ramsey to attend community meetings on the use of excessive force, surveillance cameras, and the new "stop and frisk" policy. The mayor and police chief have declined to attend these community forums, but instead have seized the home and possessions of those who question "Stop and Frisk," and are currently holding them in jail. While many civil liberties advocates and residents of affected neighborhoods have questioned the new police tactics, few imagined that simple criticism of a city policy could result in the seizure of one's home and subject residents to arrest.
See http://www.phillyimc.org/en/node/68912 for more info.