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Police union amassed power over decades, now facing changes



PHILADELPHIA — In big cities like Philadelphia, outrage over episodes of police misconduct are met with promises from political leaders to achieve meaningful reform. Union officials puff out their chests and dig in their heels. The merry-go-round spins again. Names and details change, but little else. But the May 25 death of Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police has led to a rare instance of broad political agreement: Something has to change this time.

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