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Dustin Slaughter

Freelance Journalist

Philadelphia, PA

Dustin Slaughter

"Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you're at it."
- Horace Greeley

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Op-ed: 'Truth and reconciliation' through police transparency in the Black Lives Matter era

A remarkable series of transparency victories in policing has occurred in Chicago over the last year. Philadelphia can learn from this.
Newsworks Link to Story
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Philly cop whose squad’s drug convictions were tossed still making drug arrests

Bradley Bridge, of the public defender’s office, called Kline’s assertion that Spicer isn’t involved in Jones’ or other narcotics cases “an illusory proposition.” “What’s going on here is an officer who has very significantly challenged credibility was placed back on the street, put in a position of responsibility, and now the past problems that the officer had will come home to roost,” Bridge said.
Billy Penn Link to Story
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Why the ACLU is fighting Philly’s new DNC protest restrictions

The Kenney administration has tightened the rules for protesting during the DNC in July. The PA ACLU would like to know why.
Billy Penn Link to Story
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A community radio station is coming to life inside Hive76

After years of lobbying and organizing, new community radio stations are launching in Philadelphia.
Technical.ly Philly Link to Story
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DNC ‘Protest Decriminalization’ Bill to Be Amended Over First Amendment Concerns

A spokesperson for Councilwoman Helen Gym confirmed yesterday that she has asked to include in the bill “an explicit protection for purely First Amendment activities.”. Councilman Curtis Jones, who co-sponsored the bill at the request of the Kenney administration, and who chairs the public safety committee , indicated he is in favor of the amendment.
The Declaration Link to Story
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Philly taxpayers might be on the hook if the Democratic National Convention can’t raise the money

“The public would be on the hook if the Host Committee fails to make payments as agreed in this document.”
Billy Penn Link to Story
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Philly Police Admit They Disguised a Spy Truck as a Google Streetview Car

The Philadelphia Police Department admitted today that a mysterious unmarked license plate surveillance truck disguised as a Google Maps vehicle, which Motherboard first reported on this morning, is its own. In an emailed statement, a department spokesperson confirmed: “We have been informed that this unmarked vehicle belongs to the police department; however, the placing of any particular decal on the vehicle was not approved through any chain of command.
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Demonstrators rally in South Philly against refinery expansion

The owner of the largest oil refinery on the East Coast wants to get a lot bigger in Philly. South Philly has other ideas.
Billy Penn Link to Story
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OP-ED: Transparency, accountability in political conventions a tale of two cities

With the Democratic National Convention just three months away, the people of Philadelphia are getting neither the accountability nor the transparency they deserve, despite extending a $15 million lifeline should Convention funding fall short. In what may be another red flag, The Inquirer reported last month that the Host Committee improperly filed its nonprofit paperwork with the IRS.
Newsworks Link to Story
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OP-ED: Kenney transparency may improve Philadelphia public records access

Many who have tried to pry loose records from city government over the past eight years — records that We the People own — could agree with Philadelphia Daily News journalist Dana DiFilippo’s characterization of the request process as “schizophrenic.”. Impeding the newsgathering process can have a profoundly negative impact on the Constitutionally protected duty a free press has to the public, and it erodes the trust between the governed and our leaders.
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No more ‘artists registry’? Changes planned for controversial music bill

The Kenney administration’s point man in the matter, Deputy Mayor Jim Engler, has been in intensive, ongoing discussions with Squilla and others since public uproar began after Billy Penn first reported on the bill this week. After speaking with Engler and others, here’s what we know about the proposed changes to Squilla’s ‘Special Assembly Occupancy’ bill so far:
Billy Penn Link to Story
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How that artists registry got added to Squilla’s bill, igniting controversy

Why does the City of Philadelphia want phone numbers of the bands, DJs and entertainers who play here? “Updates to the Special Assembly Occupancy ordinance had been stuck in the review process for 9 months to a year,” said L&I Commissioner David Perri. “So when I came in, I said, OK, let’s get this moving.”.
Billy Penn Link to Story

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Dustin Slaughter

Freelance journalist and legal assistant. Philly.