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Shootings by Philly police soar as violent crime plummets

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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 6:00 AM

The number of violent crimes fell last year in Philadelphia, as did assaults on police officers.

But the number of people shot by police is up.

Way up.

The number of shootings by police in 2012 resulting in death or injury climbed to the highest level it’s been in 10 years. Philadelphia police shot 52 suspects last year while responding to calls for reported crimes. Of those shot, 15 people died.
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Maybe it's because Philly cops are shooting more and asking fewer questions. Ninja
Or... Since crime is down, they're shooting the right people.

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That's one shooting a week.

I wonder how many of them were necessary vs. only justified.
And the retired ones have been busy too! Big Grin

Troubled former Philadelphia police officer Richard DeCoatsworth was arrested by police SWAT team members in Port Richmond on Saturday and charged with allegedly raping two women.
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Quote:Commissioner Ramsey speaks on police involved deadly shootings

PHILADELPHIA - May 22, 2013 (WPVI) -- Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey spoke to reporters Thursday following a night where police had to use deadly force in two separate incidents.

"Anytime you take a life, there's nothing more serious than that and we'll thoroughly investigate everything," Ramsey said.

In each case, officers say they encountered armed men who pointed their handguns at police.

Relatives of one gunman claim police shot an unarmed man, even though a gun was found next to his body.

Ramsey makes no apologies.

"This isn't television. If someone points a gun at you, you don't have to wait to get shot in order to shoot back. It's just real," Ramsey said.

Shootings by police are at a 10-year high. Philadelphia police shot 52 suspects last year. 15 died from their wounds. That was an increase of nearly 50% from 2011. In the last 5 years police have fatally shot 65 people.

For David Rudovsky, a veteran civil rights attorney, these numbers are troubling.

"Some of that can be explained by higher crime rates, a bit more people carrying guns in Philadelphia, and if that's the reason that could explain it. But over the years we have seen a number of shootings where that was not the situation, guns were not in the hands of the persons who were shot," Rudovsky said.


..."We've got a lot of guns on the street, people carrying guns for whatever reason, and you cannot point guns, you cannot shoot at other people, you cannot do these kinds of things," Ramsey said.
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