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Everybody gets a trophy

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Here’s a rather sad story out of the Philadelphia suburb of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. It’s youth football season, and the Conshohocken Golden Bears were on a roll last Saturday. In their Keystone State youth football league game they were up 30-0 over their opponents and once again had the ball and were driving toward the endzone. An excited five-year-old player took the handoff and broke for the endzone. And that’s when everything went wrong. The team was penalized and is now facing a stiff fine from the league. The reason? They scored too many points. (CBS Philadelphia)

A youth football team dominated its competition over the weekend. So what could be wrong with that? Apparently, their win was too big and now they may end up having to pay a fine.

“Don’t play well. Just play OK.”

That’s the message that some parents feel is being expressed to their young football players…

“There’s a 31-point rule that every organization, every team has to abide by. We violated that rule,” said Mike Mikalonis, president of the Conshohocken Bears.

In the local CBS news clip below, you can see the coash racing along the sideline trying to convince the kid to not go into the endzone. But the young boy is far too excited to slow down.

This is just sad. Nobody likes to lose, and certainly not in a blowout, but what sort of lesson are we sending kids who choose to participate in competitive sports with a rule like this? Don’t do too well or you might hurt someone’s feelings? There are no blowout rules in college and professional sports. You play to win. Sometimes a coach will pull the first string if they’re way up just to avoid injuries and give some of the rookies some experience in real action, but it’s not a requirement.

That seemed to be the message a former member of the Philadelphia Eagles was sending on Twitter.

This mentality of “everybody gets a trophy” doesn’t do children any favors. They’re getting an education in school but they’re also being prepared for the real world when they graduate. And the fact is that everyone doesn’t always get a trophy. If you lose, you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try harder next time. (My disastrous efforts in junior varsity football hammered that lesson home on a regular basis.)

Come on, guys. Let the kids play. And if somebody takes a bad loss, use that as an opportunity to educate them and prepare them for the realities of life.

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NBA fans booted from 76ers game over “Free Hong Kong” signs — in Philadelphia

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The fact that this happened not just in any ol’ NBA city but in the birthplace of independence, at the home arena for a team named after the American revolution, is the perfect Orwellian flourish to this dystopian NBA/China fiasco.

The Sixers were playing an exhibition game against a team from China too, so the league’s … “sensitivities” to all things Hong Kong was higher than usual. And yet, as eager as I am to fly off the handle about this, a question must be asked:

Does the league usually allow political signs at games? You don’t see much political sloganeering in the stands at American spectator sports, partly because most fans leave that behind when they’re in game mode but partly because the teams recognize it’s bad for business. The risk of political squabbles breaking out among paying customers and the risk to the team in being sucked into political disputes makes a zero-tolerance policy towards political signs — of any stripe — the safest option.

So, again, was this a case of the Sixers enforcing a neutral policy or are Hong Kong supporters being singled out for special suppression? Because if it’s the latter, it’s another data point that the Chinese are assimilating U.S. corporations into their values system, not vice versa.

Here are Wachs and his wife being booted from the game:

CBS Philly looked into whether there’s a policy against this sort of thing:

According to the Wells Fargo Center’s website, “signs must be in good taste and appropriate for the event.” The site also notes the “policy is subject to change based on the Wells Fargo Center management’s discretion and without notice.”

The NBA’s policy prohibits “obscene or indecent messages on signs or clothing,” but does not mention political statements.

Wachs claims that when security guards saw his Hong Kong signs, they told him “no politics.” The Sixers will doubtless say that they do indeed have a neutral “no political signs” policy but that’s not really the issue. Do they enforce it? If I bring a “Trump 2020” or “Biden 2020” sign to the game, will I actually be kicked out or will that be ignored as a de minimis infraction whereas “Free Hong Kong” is unacceptable because it annoys Adam Silver’s Chinese masters?

Should the NBA have a “no political signs,” by the way? A Twitter pal notes that it’s rich that the world’s “wokest professional sports league” has no problem with activism among coaches and players, up to and including political messages being worn on warm-up attire before the game, while the plebes who pay their salaries are forbidden to broadcast their own views during NBA events.

China, meanwhile, continues to grind its boot in the NBA’s face because of a single pro-Hong-Kong tweet by a single employee of a single team.

The Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA Cares event in Shanghai was canceled Wednesday just hours before it was scheduled to begin, according to multiple reports. The cancellation is the latest fallout from a recent tweet by Rockets GM Daryl Morey that showed support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.

The NBA said the cancellation off the Lakers event, which was supposed to benefit the Special Olympics, was not its decision.

This came a day after the Chinese government canceled the Nets’ NBA Cares event.

The Lakers and Nets are scheduled to play two exhibition games this week but banners in Shanghai promoting the game are being taken down, so who knows? China’s obviously sending a message to the league that any further pro-HK statements — by anyone — will risk a total rupture of the NBA’s relationship with China. Does anyone think a single person connected to the league will dare call their bluff in the name of supporting human rights in Hong Kong?

The worst part of the Sam Wachs sign incident, by the way, is that if the Sixers didn’t have a “no political signs” policy before — or if they did but weren’t enforcing it — they certainly will now. In order to feign neutrality while carrying out censorship at China’s behest, they’ll take away *more* freedom by paying customers at NBA games. Again, between Chinese totalitarianism and western capitalism, who’s assimilating whom?

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Washington Post: Did a barista mishear a name or was it anti-Islamic bias?

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I knew the media’s no good, very bad week wasn’t over. The Washington Post is still covering itself with glory in the form of this absurd piece published Friday evening. It’s impossible to ridicule something this silly so I’ll just quote it:

Niquel Johnson paid for three drinks in Philadelphia on Sunday, and in typical Starbucks fashion, an employee asked for his name. Johnson, 40, told them “Aziz,” his Islamic name pronounced ah-zeez. He has used it for 25 years — and “countless” times at that particular store.

But three unusual things happened on this occasion, he said. When his order was ready, a staffer announced them by drink type, not his name.

The second unusual part was the employee wrote his name as “ISIS” — the acronym for the Islamic terror group — in the printout attached to all three drinks…

“I was shocked and angry. I felt it was discrimination,” Johnson told The Washington Post on Friday.

The backstory here is that a year ago a Starbucks manager in Philadelphia called the police on two black customers who used the bathroom and then sat without ordering. That led to a boycott and Starbucks’ CEO apologized and ordered all 8,000 stores to hold mandatory bias training. The incident was a very bad moment for the company. But so far, Starbucks is saying that they don’t believe this incident involved any bias: “After investigating, we don’t believe this was a case of discrimination or profiling. The customer approached and provided the name Aziz. The barista mistakenly spelled it incorrectly.”

That sounds like a pretty reasonable explanation to me. The barista misheard the name and put down ISIS. After all, it’s not exactly unheard of for Starbucks baristas to get someone’s name wrong. Now, if Johnson had said his name was “Niquel” and the cup said “ISIS” then maybe you’d have reason to suspect profiling but Aziz and Isis do sound pretty similar.

This story of possible bias was also covered by The Philly Inquirer. Unlike the Post, the Inquirer story explains how this minor dustup became news in the first place:

Sunday after leaving work, Philadelphia resident Abdul Aziz Johnson stopped at a Chestnut Hill Starbucks on Germantown Avenue with two friends and ordered three iced drinks, according to Jacob Bender, the executive director of CAIR-Philadelphia, the local chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations…

In a press release, Bender asked, “Was this an innocent mistake, or a sick joke associating Mr. Aziz and his friends, who were wearing traditional Muslim clothing, with the extremist group responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in Iraq and Syria, thus perpetuating the lie that Muslims are uniquely prone to violent behavior and terrorism?”

Timothy Welbeck, the lawyer representing Johnson, met with his client on Wednesday, who said he has ordered from this Starbucks before and no other barista had any problem with his name. The barista, like Johnson, was African American, Welbeck said.

So the Post story is basically a rewrite of this CAIR press release only the Post doesn’t tell you that. That’s an odd choice given that CAIR has a vested interest in seeing stories of anti-Islamic bias make the news. Also, the Inquirer quotes the line from the CAIR press release which acknowledges that this might have been an innocent mistake. The Post never mentions that even though it seems like a significant admission, one that matches with the explanation given by Starbucks.

The Post is literally pushing the bias incident angle harder than CAIR. Let that sink in a moment.

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Government and the need to feel safe

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Life is supposed to be a dangerous adventure fraught with gigantic melancholy and mirth. The interplay between individuals and each other or the environment brings about, in theory, the chance to gain knowledge or goods through the exchange of ideas, currency, or other items despite the obvious peril of going out and interacting with others. The advent of the Internet and e-commerce still produces the chance of financial peril because one is putting their product or wealth at risk for some scammer to take without proper reimbursement. Free will brings about its own risk and the chance malevolent forces will attempt to cause harm to others.

Yet, we constantly see humanity flock towards the overriding desire of safety by relying on government as the answer to everything. It’s understandable. After all, who doesn’t yearn for comfort and the notion someone is looking out for them? Yet the result tends to be sacrificing freedom to the false god of feeling safe.

The rhetorical offsprings of the shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and Philadelphia are chock full of calls for protecting others from harm through some sort of governmental action.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott called for the banning of websites like 8chan following El Paso. Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke went a step further by proposing a complete ban on white nationalist content and promoted amending federal law which exempts Internet Service Providers and social media companies from lawsuits based on their content.

The danger is quite obvious. The grandiose balderdash is more bandage than balm which will do nothing but push others towards the noxious stench of white nationalism. One has to wonder what might happen to the dim-witted college student who decides to use some sort of crass, ideologically backward meme on social media as a joke and whether their name will end up on some sort of list of unmentionables who deserve to be watched like a hawk. Or what might happen if the government definition of white nationalism changes from its current content to viewing any post raising legitimate ire towards affirmative action or charlatans who use race to advance their own money-grubbing agenda as white supremacy?

Would it not be better to confront the thick-headed student and attempt to convince them to change their ways? Should grifters not be exposed as frauds to be ignored instead of embraced? Isn’t it worth having much-needed conversations in hopes of changing the minds of those who start leaning towards the scourge of white supremacy? These rotten policy proposals of censorship would do nothing but attempt to make so-called normals feel better about sleeping at night.

The ‘government is needed to make us feel safe’ proposals are not limited to white nationalism, of course. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney used the shooting of six police officers in his city to crow, “Our officers deserve to be protected and don’t deserve to be shot at by a guy for hours with unlimited amount of weapons and bullets. It’s disgusting.” Salon’s Amanda Marcotte went so far as to suggest conservatives are hypocritical for their support of police and guns by crying, “Conservatives’ utter lack of interest in stronger gun laws to protect police, despite all the “blue lives matter” talk, is certainly hypocritical. But it’s hardly surprising.” She then proceeded to re-enact Thelma and Louise’s drive off a cliff by suggesting, “Both the sanctimony about police and the attachment to guns are symbolic issues for conservatives. They have less to do with real concerns for public safety and more to do with the racist, nationalist resentment that also led to Donald Trump’s election.”

The facts are quite the opposite. Gun control laws had their origins in racism – not against whites, but against African-Americans. Robert J. Cottrol wrote in Gun Control and The Second Amendment, “Most laws restricting the possession of firearms were to be found in the slave states of the antebellum South. Generally, they prohibited the possession of firearms on the parts of slaves and free blacks.” The 1994 tome also features an essay by David C. Williams looking at an 1825 law in Florida allowing whites to go into the homes of non-slave blacks and confiscate weapons. Jane Coaston also wrote at MTV.com in 2016 how California, run by then-Governor Ronald Reagan, passed its open carry ban two months after armed Black Panthers gathered on the steps of the State Capitol in a protest against the government.

Whites were wary of armed blacks so their ‘feel safe’ solution was disarmament. One would think those who intone the phrase, “Black Lives Matter” – and condemn the idea of trigger-happy police – would embrace whole-heartedly the idea of “Black Guns Matter.” Yet, they are full of hypocrisy by desiring disarmament and leaving all weapons in the hands of the police they protest. Their ache to ‘feel safe’ simply allows them to ignore the history of racism in gun control.

Now, what of those who want to protect their families or themselves through the banning of certain weapons? Their ‘feel safe’ complex is understandable – yet their solution is misguided. Humans are taught to practice situational awareness for a reason. One never knows when the need to escape a fire might rear its ugly head. Or the need to avoid an unsafe driver on the roads or sidewalks. Should the government ban electricity, candles, or automobiles because of their inherent danger or should humans remember the same situational awareness needed at home or on the roads is also needed elsewhere? We should all pay attention instead of burying our heads in the sand.

It is human to desire safety and security at home or elsewhere, as much as it is to expect life to be full of mountain-like highs and canyon-like lows. However, it is pure folly to yearn for government to serve as the arbiter. Government is full of humans with their own secret desires and passions, some of which can be detrimental and lead down the road to ruin. Politicians have never, ever (note sarcasm) in the history of mankind used the Polizei to seek out dissent under the guise of making us ‘feel safe.’ The United States has never, ever in its history jailed congressmen or others for publishing works which criticize the White House, sought to blame terrorist attacks on low-budget films, or used agencies to target private citizens looking to organize in hopes of redressing grievances with said government. They’ve never, ever rounded up people of a certain heritage and forcibly moved them elsewhere due to worry of war.

Humans need to use extreme caution before trusting a government which has failed before to make us ‘feel safe.’ Sacrificing freedom in hopes of security is no solution and should be avoided at all costs.

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Philly cop shooter was offered “bull**** deal” to surrender

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We previously covered the arrest of long-time Philadelphia felon Maurice Hill after he shot six police during a standoff at his rowhome. Thankfully, all of the officers survived and have been released from the hospital, but the details of the nearly fatal encounter are still emerging. We already knew that a lawyer of Hill’s acquaintance contacted him by phone and later showed up in person to help convince him to surrender before he wound up dead. But it turns out that the city’s District Attorney, Larry Krasner, had also been on the phone with Hill. They were discussing what sort of a sentence Hill could expect if he surrendered and Krasner admits he was feeding him a fantasy. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

“Early on, I said 25 [years], then he said 20 and I said OK,” Krasner recounted Friday. At one point, Hill insisted on a deal in writing. Krasner started writing a draft, but did not finish it.

The conversation occurred 4½ hours after the standoff began, as officers were still being treated at hospitals, and 3 hours before it ended with Hill’s surrender and no more bloodshed. In an interview Friday, Krasner described his offer as a “phony baloney” agreement that he had no intention of honoring — and said Hill’s lawyer was in on the ruse.

“We need to be clear here: This was bulls— from the beginning,” Krasner said.

So Kasner offered Hill 20 years verbally, but we don’t know if his attorney repeated that offer. Some legal experts are already speculating that this could cause problems for the prosecution because if the attorney, Shaka Johnson, had been officially retained by Hill at that point, there would have been an obligation to tell Hill that it was a bogus (or “bull___”) offer. But did Johnson even know the details? Also, Krasner never even delivered a written offer. He threw out the draft copy of it he started.

I would hope that the courts wouldn’t allow something like this to gum up the works, but we’ve seen stranger things happen. Still, there were already six cops shot. Two more were trapped in an upper level of the house. Four hostages were in handcuffs and trapped in there with Hill. I would think the courts could support telling Hill they were bringing him a stripper in a cake at that point if it got him out of the building with no further shooting and ended the crisis.

Meanwhile, as shocking as it may sound, there were people actually planning a rally in support of the shooter last night. Considering the fact that people were harassing the cops during the standoff, perhaps that’s just par for the course in that neighborhood. Yesterday afternoon they claimed to be expecting “hundreds” of people to show up in support of the shooter. As it turns out, three people showed up for the rally. There were actually more cops there than Hill supporters, so perhaps that’s a hopeful sign.

Hill has a few arraignment and other court dates coming up presently. He’s expected to face enough charges of attempted murder of police officers to keep him in jail for the rest of his life. Assuming they don’t blow the prosecution because of this “offer.”

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Video: Some Residents Mocked, Harassed Philly Police in the Middle of Standoff Where 6 Officers Were Shot

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Police officers take cover during a standoff in Philadelphia, PA – 8/14/19. Screen grab via ABC News.

As Red State‘s Thomas La Duke wrote Wednesday, there was a standoff yesterday in Philadelphia after a suspect police officers were serving a search warrant to related to narcotics opened fire.

Here’s a recap of what happened, via the Philly Inquirer:

A gunman who police say shot six city officers was in custody Thursday after surrendering to end a dramatic, 7 ½-hour standoff during which two officers were trapped in the rowhouse where the suspect was firing away.

Shots were first fired about 4:30 p.m. when narcotics officers tried to serve an search warrant at the house in the 3700 block of North 15th Street in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia.

Two Narcotics Strike Force bicycle officers were pinned on the second floor with three other people who were handcuffed, police said. The officers were not injured but they and the three people in custody were at risk of getting shot because the suspect on the first floor was firing into the ceiling. A SWAT team reached the five and removed from the building about 2 ½ hours before the suspect surrendered.

None of the six officers who were shot suffered life-threatening injuries and all were treated at hospitals and released, police said. At least three other officers sustained non-shooting injuries during the standoff. The gunman, identified as Maurice Hill, 36, was briefly hospitalized, then jailed, after the standoff.

The below video shows officers attempting to serve the search warrant, which is where you first hear shots fired and the standoff begins. A police officer is seen crawling out the front door towards the end of the video. He appears to be injured:

In the video below, officers can be seen crouching down beside their vehicles as shots were being fired from the residence:

Over 100 shots were reportedly fired during the 7 ½-hour ordeal.

But in the middle of all the chaos where officers and residents alike feared for their lives, some residents took it upon themselves to mock and harass some of the police officers and journalists who were covering the standoff:

CBS Philly‘s Alexandria Hoff reported on this during a 10 pm news segment, and reiterated it on her Twitter feed later:

While many on social media expressed outrage, others, such as NYC public defender Rebecca J. Kavanagh, characterized Hoff’s reporting as “racist” (because of course):

No comment from any of Hoff’s critics whatsoever on the abject stupidity and danger of a gunman deciding to open fire on police officers in a crowded neighborhood with a daycare nearby, which speaks volumes.

The videos are a stark reminder of the dangers law enforcement officers face every day when they put on their uniforms and report for duty. Thank God the officers who were injured are expected to be okay.

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— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –

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Philly Police Shooter Had a Long History of Criminal Activity

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New information has rolled in about the recent suspect who shot police officers in Philidelphia.

According to The Inquirer, the man who shot and injured six police officers has a long history of gun convictions and a past of trying to run away from justice. Maurice Hill, 36, is a Philadelphia native who is no stranger to crime:

Hill’s history in the adult criminal justice system began in 2001 when he was 18 and was arrested with a gun that had an altered serial number.

Public records show that he has been arrested about a dozen times since turning 18, and convicted six times on charges that involved illegal possession of guns, drug dealing, and aggravated assault. He has been in and out of prison; the longest sentence handed him came in 2010, when a federal judge gave him a 55-month term.

The Inquirer has also reported that Hill has called his lawyer:

The police sources declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak. Reached by phone about 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening, Shaka Johnson, the lawyer who most recently represented Hill, confirmed that Hill had a connection to the standoff.

“My client is requesting me to come to the scene,” he said.

Police say the incident happened as the Narcotics Strike Force were trying to serve Hill a search warrant on Wednesday around 4 p.m., resulting in the standoff with police. The police attempted to coax him out with bullhorns for several hours afterward.

During that time, Hill called Johnson “in a panic,” and Johnson continuously tried to tell him to surrender himself.

“I told him, ‘you gotta surrender, man,’” said Johnson according to the Inquirer.

Hill eventually gave himself up just after midnight.

The officers who were shot suffered no life-threatening injuries and were released shortly after being treated by the hospital.

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Philly cop shooter identified

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John was covering the standoff in Philadelphia last night, where an armed suspect had shot six police officers after authorities attempted to execute a warrant for suspected drug dealing. Thankfully, all of the officers survived and as of this morning, they had all been released from local hospitals. The good news is that the suspect was eventually taken into custody without further violence. An attorney who was familiar with the suspect had been in contact with him and was allowed to come to the scene and meet with him in person. He eventually convinced him to lay down his weapon and surrender.

The shooter was later identified as Maurice Hill, age 38. And he has a rap sheet as long as your arm involving not just drug dealing, but gun crime convictions and violently resisting arrest. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Police sources identified the gunman in a standoff at a Tioga apartment building that left six police officers injured as Maurice Hill, 36, a Philadelphia man with a lengthy history of gun convictions and of resisting attempts to bring him to justice.

The police sources declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak. Reached by phone about 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening, Shaka Johnson, the lawyer who most recently represented Hill, confirmed that Hill had a connection to the standoff…

Hill’s history in the adult criminal justice system began in 2001 when he was 18 and was arrested with a gun that had an altered serial number.

Public records show that he has been arrested about a dozen times since turning 18, and convicted six times on charges that involved illegal possession of guns, drug dealing, and aggravated assault. He has been in and out of prison; the longest sentence handed him came in 2010, when a federal judge gave him a 55-month term.

Even if you believe in the theory of three strikes and you’re out, this guy has long since used up all of his chances. With a record like that and now six cop shootings added to the list, he really has no need to see the outside of a jail cell for the rest of his life. Frankly, after you fire on that many cops, it’s a miracle he was able to leave the building on his own two feet. And if his attorney hadn’t arrived on the scene, he probably wouldn’t have.

In a display of just how much the Philly police have to put up with (in addition to being shot at) “helpful” neighbors of Mr. Hill were seen mocking, insulting and even shoving the police officers on the scene who were trying to take Hill into custody. This is apparently how they treat those who are there to protect and serve. (CBS Philadelphia)

While Philadelphia police officers were dealing with a gunman who shot six of their own during a standoff at a home in the Nicetown-Tioga section, cops also had to deal with being taunted by some bystanders. CBS3’s Alexandria Hoff reports a crowd of people laughed and yelled at officers in the midst of gunfire during a standoff on Wednesday.

A reporter on the scene reported being harassed herself even as neighbors were complicating the job of the police with their disrespectful behavior.

Philadelphia has been dealing with a sustained spike in gun violence and other crime recently. And if this is the level of support they’re getting from residents, it may be a while before they can get it under control.

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Six police officers shot in Philadelphia, standoff continues

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Six police officers have been shot during an extended shootout that took place this afternoon in Philadelphia, PA. Local residents claimed they had heard as many as 100 shots fired. Some reports claimed that the shooter (or shooters) had live-streamed a portion of the incident. The Washington Post has more on the injured officers:

Local media reported that officers were attempting to serve a warrant at the house and were greeted by gunfire.

One officer was shot in the head, but is “conscious and communicating,” police told the Philadelphia Inquirer. A second officer was hit in one or both arms, and the rest suffered unknown gunshot wounds.

Additional officers were also receiving treatment for non-gunshot injuries, Gripp said, adding that all wounds were “non-life-threatening.” The officers were transported to the nearby Temple University Hospital.

6ABC Philadelphia has some dramatic video of one officer who ran to a squad car. If you look closely you’ll see that blood is pouring from a wound on his arm. You can see hitting the street and the street is covered in blood after he leaves. The driver of the squad car comes inches away from backing into another car in his rush to get out of the area (and presumably get the injured officer to a hospital).

And here’s another clip shot from a helicopter showing a second injured officer being evacuated from the scene. Keep your eyes on the right side of the image:

Moments ago (as I write this) Police Sergeant Eric Gripp said at least one shooter is still armed:

But at least one person was arrested at the scene though it’s not clear if he was involved in the shooting. Police picked him up and carried him to a car where he was taken away.

Now the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting there are two officers still trapped in the building where the shooting began.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said two officers remain trapped inside the house in the 3700 block of North 15th Street where the shootout first erupted at 4:30 p.m.

A suspect inside the house was livestreaming on Facebook, police said, as officers worked into the evening, trying to get the gunman to surrender…

Two Narcotics Strike Force bicycle officers were pinned down on the second floor with three other people who were handcuffed, police said.

Four women who were escorted out of the area where the shooting took place praised police for keeping them safe:

Four women escorted from the scene where six Philadelphia police officers were shot say police saved them after they were trapped inside a Nicetown-Tioga home where the suspected gunman was barricaded inside. The women say they were on the second floor at the time of the shootout.

“I thank God for these cops. They’re good people. Don’t say nothing bad about them, they kept us safe the whole time,” one of the women told CBS3.

That’s all for now. I’ll update this story tonight once the standoff ends.

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BREAKING: Multiple Police Officers Have Been Shot In Philadelphia

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There is an active shooter in Philly who has wounded at least four police officers and is firing at more as they approach the building where he has barricaded himself. According to NBC NEWS

Philadelphia police were shot at Wednesday afternoon after responding to a shooting incident in a North Philly neighborhood.

A large police presence responded to a shooting incident in a residential area of the Nicetown section of the city. One male shooter was still inside a residence in what police described as an active situation.

Officers took cover behind cars and blocked off surrounding streets as they were fired upon by the unidentified shooter.

A witness who lived close to the shooting told NBC Philadelphia that she heard a series of shots fired, what felt like 100 gunshots, and could smell what seemed to be gunpowder before police arrived to the scene. The unidentified woman told NBC Philadelphia that it felt “like a war.”

Reports also suggest that there might be hostages involved.

Our prayers are with all those first responders in Philadelphia.

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