How Kevin Bethel’s ‘strong and direct’ persona and focus on protecting kids made him Philly’s next police commissioner

By David Gambacorta and Ryan W. Briggs, The Philadelphia Inquirer | November 22, 2023

Former Stoneleigh Fellow and current Board Member Kevin Bethel was featured by The Philadelphia Inquirer in a story about his career before being selected as the city’s next police commissioner.

For a moment, on a mild June evening long ago, a narrow street in South Philadelphia filled with the sound of innocence, the voices of children playing.

Then came gunshots and screams.

A 13-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man had gotten into a fight, and shot at each other on Sigel Street near 22nd. A stray bullet found an even younger victim, 4-year-old Nashay Little. The bullet tore through an artery in the girl’s thigh. She was fortunate to survive.

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