Sunday, December 21, 2014

Fight Breaks Out in Council Balcony

A fight just broke out in City Council on the balcony level.

Fight Breaks Out in Council Balcony

A fight just broke out in City Council on the balcony level.

Civil affairs officers broke up the altercation which stalled Council for several minutes. Two men were taken away in custody shouting: "Jail the killer cops now. The Philadelphia police are a bunch of thugs taking away people’s rights." One man also told a cop: "You hit like a sissy man."

A police officer pushed Daily News Chris Brennan out of the way when he tried to ask the men questions.

Apparently the men were from the Uhuru movement, a social justice group. Members of the group said they were protesting Nutter's budget decisions, as well as the death of a man named Sharif Lee Jones, who they say was killed by Philly cops.

"We're excercising our First Amendement rights, our Democratic rights," said Harris Daniels.

The donnybrook broke out while Council was honoring the Frankford Chargers football team.  The players wore heavy red and white jackets that had patches saying "Sharif Jones RIP."

Daniels said Jones had played for the football team. 




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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to
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