For nearly 7 hours, Council takes a hard look at police misconduct | Philadelphia Daily News | 12/15/2010

Posted: December 16, 2010 by scaryhouse in Local Issues, Police Misconduct, Uncategorized

By JAN RANSOM

Philadelphia Daily News

ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218

Passion, anger, frustration and optimism radiated from testimony at a City Council hearing yesterday on police misconduct.

“I fully acknowledge that we have a problem in our organization now and I’m committed to fixing it,” said Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.

Council members Donna Reed Miller and Curtis Jones Jr. held the nearly seven-hour committee hearing in hopes of garnering suggestions on how to improve police-community relations, publicize methods to file complaints and explore how police misconduct is being addressed.

Complaints against police are up this year, with 725 reported as of Nov. 30, compared to only 697 complaints in 2009, Ramsey said.

Stories of racial profiling, beatings and shooting deaths at the hands of Philadelphia police officers reverberated through City Council chambers yesterday.

via For nearly 7 hours, Council takes a hard look at police misconduct | Philadelphia Daily News | 12/15/2010.

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