Philadelphia police use of force to be examined

AP News
Posted: May 29, 2013 11:51 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's police commissioner has asked federal authorities to take a look at the police department's use of deadly force.

Commissioner Charles Ramsey tells ( ) that he is seeking the review because of the rising number of police-involved shootings.

Philadelphia police shot 52 suspects last year, killing 15 of them. In 2011, police wounded or killed 35 people.

Officers shot and killed a man Saturday, the fourth police-involved shooting in as many days and the third resulting in a suspect's death.

Ramsey says the number of shootings "gets people wondering if they were all justified."

He says police have been looking at the issue since December and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice "agrees this is a good course of action."


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