Philly police, community gather to honor officer who died from COVID-19

Philadelphia police officers and community members honor Officer Tab Ali, who died from COVID-19 in November.
Philadelphia police officers and community members honor Officer Tab Ali, who died from COVID-19 in November. Photo credit Shara Dae Howard/KYW Newsradio
By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police honored one of their own Monday after the officer died from COVID-19 in November 2020.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw stood alongside community members and officers paying tribute to Officer Tab Ali, a 25-year veteran of the department and a beloved part of the Manayunk community.

Councilmember Curtis Jones was among the dozens of people in the crowd and said COVID-19 took the life of an excellent man and respected member of the community.

“He knew the people, the people knew and respected him,” Jones said.

Outlaw expressed her appreciation to those who came out and said she simply wanted to honor Ali in a manner that he deserved.

“We had a rough year in 2020. And we really didn’t get to honor Officer Ali the way we did the others. And I’m really pleased in the amount of support showed by the community,” she said.

Ali’s nephew, Thomas Johnson, said he couldn’t help but be emotional, seeing members of the police force and the community his uncle served pay tribute.

Outlaw also reminded everyone of the importance of social distancing and wearing masks in order to stay safe, as well as to honor Ali.