Gil Kerlikowske Featured in NBC 10 Philadelphia: How Outnumbered, Unprepared Police Confronting a City in Pain Led to Chaos
by Claudia Vargas, NBC 10 Philadelphia
In Philadelphia, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw had been on the job three months. She watched as other cities struggled to contain the civil unrest and violence.
“It was cause for some alarm,” Outlaw said.
But that alarm wasn’t enough to order extensive protest and civil unrest planning.
Two recently released independent reports blame Outlaw and other city officials for not doing enough to prepare for the unrest that eventually hit Philadelphia – causing millions of dollars in property damage and injuring 104 police officers and an unknown number of civilians.
Gil Kerlikowske is a former Seattle police chief who also served as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner. He reviewed one of the reports on the Philadelphia Police Department’s response to the protests and unrest.
“It’s pretty clear in Philadelphia that things went very, very poorly at every level from planning to use of force,” he said.