City officials have announced today that Mayor Kenney approved for Philadelphia to waive all protest-related Code Violation Notices (CVNs) from May 30th until June 30, 2020. The recommendation comes from the Law Department and Office of Administrative Review (OAR).
This approval covers all CVN forms of disorderly conduct and offenses listed in Section 10-615 of the Code. Failure to disperse, all types of curfew violations, and any other civil matters are some offenses protected.
“My decision to waive these violations is not a statement on the validity of the individual citations,” Kenney clarified. “Rather, it is a recognition of the core concerns that caused thousands to demonstrate on the streets of Philadelphia.”
The Mayor went on to acknowledge that the pain of those participating in this movement is “very real”, and that the Black Lives Matter movement “needs to be heard” until systematic racism is handled.
Marcel S. Pratt, the City’s Solicitor, is glad Mayor Kenney approved their recommendation to waive the CVNs.
“As City officials and employees focus on reform and reconciliation, the City must use its administrative resources consistent with those efforts,” Pratt said.
Anyone who has received a CVN for violations from May 30 through June 30 and has not paid does not need to take further action. Any individual who has paid their CVN can contact an OAR customer service at 215-567-2605 and follow the steps for a refund.