Philly PD moves forward with police-involved shootings investigation

police commissioner charles ramsey
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. (Credit: Rikard Larma / Metro).

The Philadelphia Police Department is moving forward with Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey’s pledge to review the city policies, training and investigations surrounding police-involved shootings, which spiked last year despite an overall drop in violent crime.

Ramsey, along with First Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross and Deputy Commissioner Nola Joyce, met with the federal agency Ramsey asked to conduct the independent review.

The officials discussed the collaborative investigational effort at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services in Washington, D.C. with Associate Attorney General Tony West, COPS Acting Director Joshua Ederheimer and other staff members.

“I want to thank the Department of Justice for this assistance and the department looks forward to working with the COPS Office in addressing this critical issue,” Ramsey said in a statement.

Ross will be spearheading the department’s involvement in the review.

A release called the first meeting “just the first step in a process that will last approximately 18 months,” and said the effort is similar to one COPS undertook with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

“As we move forward with an independent review of the Philadelphia Police Department’s recent incidents involving police shootings, I want to thank the U.S. Department of Justice for its support in this endeavor,” Mayor Michael Nutter said in a statement.

“Strong community policing, continuous improvement and high professional standards are the hallmark of the Philadelphia Police Department under the leadership of Commissioner Charles Ramsey. We want a fair assessment of what we are doing and how we can improve our training, procedures and practices in ways that enhance the safety of the general public and our police officers.”

The next meeting, during which details of the review will be discussed, has been scheduled for July 10 in Washington, D.C.

A team from the COPS Office will then in late July visit Philadelphia for a series of meetings.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

NHL

Rangers' speed versus Flyers' size makes interesting playoff…

Among the myriad aspects that will make this Metropolitan Division semifinal series fascinating will be the battle between the Rangers' speed and the Flyers' size,…

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.