Hundreds arrested in Philly uprisings may avoid prosecution through restorative justice
In this photo from May 30, 2020, smoke rises from Philadelphia Police cruiser in Center City during the Justice for George Floyd Philadelphia Protest. - YONG KIM/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

PHILADELPHIA — On a February morning, in a courtroom armored with Plexiglas shields meant to stem the spread of virus, Philadelphia prosecutors offered updates on hundreds of cases that lawyers said challenge basic ideas about how justice is served. On the one hand, the victims — small business owners and big corporate chains — had sustained millions of dollars in damage during last year’s uprisings against police brutality. On the other, the accused perpetrators were so impoverished virtually all qualified for public defenders, meaning they’d likely never be able to pay restitution. So, the d...