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Philly Top Cop Asks Feds to Review Department

May 29, 2013  | 

Photo via Irish Philadelphia Photo Essays/Flickr.
Photo via Irish Philadelphia Photo Essays/Flickr.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsay has asked the Department of Justice to investigate officers' use of force at one of the nation's largest law enforcement agencies.

Commissioner Ramsay told Philly.com he's been "looking at this issue" since December. Earlier this month, the media outlet published a story documenting a 50 percent rise in police shootings in 2012. Officers shot 52 suspects, including 15 fatally, during the year compared to 35 people wounded or killed in 2011.

The DOJ review will be funded by the federal Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and include an analysis of policies, procedures, training, and tactics. It's scheduled to begin in July.

When he headed the Metropolitan (D.C.) Police Department, Ramsay requested a similar review.

Tags: Philadelphia PD, Department of Justice, External Investigations


Comments (6)

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therookie @ 5/30/2013 3:09 PM

This guy isn't a real cop at all. He's a politican who destroys morale, sells his own officers out, and guts departments. Ask any good veteran D.C. officer. He's a disgrace to the ideal of a cops cop. Hang in there Philly Brothers/Sisters in Blue.

Doug M. @ 5/30/2013 4:43 PM

That makes no sense. First, the assumption that there is a problem when cops kill bad guys is offensive. We don't shoot near as many as we should, probably well under 10% of the ones we should is as overly conservative estimate. Second, DOJ is not even arguably qualified to conduct such a review. Their own people are not cops and most have never been one. Hell, they have a pretty bad tort history themselves with bad shootings. This is beyond crazy.

Morning Eagle @ 5/31/2013 11:23 AM

Another brilliant move by political kommisar ramsay! What a piece of work. I feel for the officers that try to do their jobs under such a sterling example of law enforcement administration. Requesting an investigation by the DOJ as it is being run today is akin to inviting the ACLU or the SPLC to come on it and write department policies for you.

S.S. @ 6/5/2013 2:20 PM

This guy is a FAT F**KEN disgrace. He's a sellout if I ever saw one!

det799retd @ 6/21/2013 7:02 AM

All I have to say is fmr mayor/PC Frank L. Rizzo must be spinning in his grave over this. I guess the term 'the buck stops here' means nothing to this guy. Mr. Ramsey is a disgrace. I say if you are so ashamed of YOUR department TAKE OFF THAT UNIFORM that we see you wearing!!!!!

MouseMeal @ 8/8/2013 3:55 PM

I LOVE this. All departments should do this. This is the leadership that is needed across the country. The comments on this page are just the reason. Killing a human being should rarely occur. Look at all the jury outcomes lately. People don't want to punish and blame. The law enforcement world needs to get in touch with everyone else.

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