House Democratic Policy Committee-PA Legislative Black Caucus start series of joint hearings on Police Reform Tuesday in Capitol

HARRISBURG, July 20 –State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus will start a series of hearings to build on the success of recent police reform laws.  

HDPC Chair Sturla and PLBC Chair Kinsey said each hearing will focus on a region of the state to collect input on additional reform ideas from local stakeholders via virtual testimony.

The first hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21 in Room G-50 Irvis Office Building in Harrisburg. The media and public are urged to watch the livestream at

Focusing on the Philadelphia region, testifiers will include:

  • Danielle Outlaw, commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department
  • Marcel Pratt, Philadelphia City solicitor
  • Keir Bradford-Grey, chief public defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia
  • Katherine Gilmore Richardson, Philadelphia City councilwoman at-large  
  • Zion Brooks, member, Philadelphia Student Union
  • Rev. Mark Tyler, community activist, POWER
  • Kevin Harden, Jr, attorney
  • Alphonse Gerhardstein, board member, National Police Accountability Project

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission have also been invited to testify.

Following the hearing, testimonies and full hearing video will be posted at