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Philadelphia police shoot at people every week, and have done so for 7 years—because they don’t carry less lethal options

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Matt Apuzzo reports in the NY Times:

Police officers in Philadelphia have shot at people an average of nearly once a week over the past seven years, the Justice Department said Monday in a report that also criticized the Police Department for inadequate training and a shooting-review process that is too often kept secret.

The report comes as tensions linger over the death of Brandon Tate-Brown, 26, an unarmed Philadelphia man who was killed by the police in December.

The Justice Department review, which began in 2013, was unrelated to that shooting, but the report describes a department where shootings are common and where officers are not required to carry less lethal alternatives, such as stun guns. Officers were involved in 390 shootings from 2007 through 2014.

Fifty-nine unarmed people were shot by Philadelphia police officers since 2007, a figure that accounted for about 15 percent of shootings, the Justice Department said. National data on police shootings do not exist. “Therefore, we cannot say whether this number is high or low,” the Justice Department said.

Police departments are not required to publish data on shootings involving their officers and there is no accepted standard for doing so, which makes it difficult to compare figures with departments in other cities.

But Philadelphia’s numbers are stark when contrasted with New York’s; that city publishes data on police shootings each year. New York’s population and police force are more than five times larger than Philadelphia, yet Philadelphia had dozens more police shootings during the period covered by the report, according to the closest comparable published data.

Last month, . . .

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The NYPD does not do so many shootings as the Philadelphia PD. Think about that.

An amazing number of police departments are under investigation: Seattle, Albuquerque, Denver, St. Louis County MO (including Ferguson), Philadelphia, Atlanta, and so on. It really seems that the US has a police problem.

Written by LeisureGuy

23 March 2015 at 2:59 pm

Posted in Law Enforcement

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