September 22, 2016
Statement from Chancellor Gaetan J. Alfano on Enacting Senate Bill 400
In light of the recent events in Tulsa, Okla. and elsewhere throughout the country, Gaetan J. Alfano, Chancellor of the 12,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association today issued the following statement:
"We call on the Pennsylvania General Assembly to take swift action in enacting Senate Bill 400, which calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor in incidents of death of a civilian during encounters with police officers. A special prosecutor would have the authority to investigate and bring charges, if necessary, against a police officer based on an independent investigation. If charges are brought, a special prosecutor would have the authority to prosecute the officer on charges deemed appropriate. The independence of a special prosecutor would help to restore the public's trust in the justice system."