The new DOJ report on Philadelphia police shootings is mandatory reading

Brandon-Tate Brown-R.I.P


“When you have as many as we’ve had,” Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey said, “it gets people wondering if they were all justified.”

The comments were made during an uncommon stretch of time in 2013, when Philadelphia police shot seven people in one week. Officer-involved shootings in the department rose significantly from 2012 to 2013, sparking local outrage, and leading commissioner Ramsey to call on the Department of Justice to put his department under formal review, and to issue recommendations for reform.

Today, the report is out. In it, investigators dive into some of the core issues with modern policing that have been scrutinized since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Much of it goes back to how police are trained in the first place.

Here’s a few of the highlights of the report:

The problem with “in fear for my life” statements

The report dives into a…

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