DOJ probe of Philly police shootings gets underway

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal review of the Philadelphia Police Department’s policy on use of lethal force is getting underway.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/14IJ186 ) reports that city police will meet July 10 with the U.S. Department of Justice to discuss the initial stages of the review.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said Tuesday the review will last about 18 months.

Police-involved shootings rose last year to their highest level in a decade even though the rate of violent crimes has gone down, according to the Inquirer.

Philadelphia police shot 52 suspects last year, and 15 people died.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com

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