Chester Township police accused of targeting black people

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A second family has come forward, alleging that the Chester Township Police Department is targeting black people after what they’re calling an unwarranted arrest. 

Brandon Alvin was arrested for loitering in front of his Chester Township home in late September.

A grainy cell phone video from the arrest shows his family screaming in terror as they try to figure out what’s going on. Alvin’s wife can be heard yelling, “That is my husband. He lives here.” 

Kevin Mincey, Alvin’s attorney, says the family was outside on the front lawn after they had just returned home from celebrating Alvin’s mother’s birthday. 

“He was pepper-sprayed two times. I think it was four or five police officers that arrested him,” Mincey explained. “He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.”

Mincey says he believes his client’s arrest by Officer Pasquale Storace was targeted.

“Three times in 10 days with the same officer, and we know that there have been other incidents involving this officer and other Chester Township officers,” he said. “We think it’s a policy of Chester Township.” 

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Mincey says Alvin is one of multiple black people in the township who have been arrested for loitering on their property by Storace, who is white.

Mincey and his firm are also representing another family with a similar case.

He says he plans to clear his client’s names in court before taking their own legal action.

“I have meetings with more individuals. I imagine that the number will continue to grow, especially as this continues to gain notoriety,” Mincey added. 

Multiple calls to Chester Township Police Chief Kenneth Coalson were not returned. However, manager Dana smith says they are currently investigating the incidents.

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