Photos and text by: Danielle Corcione
The International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference began on Saturday, October 22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Approximately 14,000 are expected to attend the conference until it ends on Tuesday the 24.
Local activists and organizers came together for a weekend of oppositionary protests, called Disrupt IACP, under a unifying theme: police abolition.
The first action of the day was a protest, beginning outside of the Frank Rizzo statue in Thomas Paine Plaza across from City Hall, on Saturday morning. The protest planned to end outside of the Convention Center, where there was a second rally planned at noon by the Philadelphia Coalition for REAL Justice. The organization reported at least four demonstrators were arrested and many were assaulted, during and after the rally. All were released by Sunday morning.
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