PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The slayings of a teenage friend and a police officer on the same block helped shape Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey’s approach to policing.
Ramsey, who announced his retirement last week, says he learned that not all people in challenged neighborhoods like his on Chicago’s South Side were connected to crime.
Philadelphia’s police department was struggling to contain violent crime when Ramsey arrived in the city in 2008. The 391 homicides the year before bolstered the city’s reputation as “Killadelphia”- and internal corruption ran rampant.
Ramsey, the former chief in Washington, D.C., was picked last year to lead a presidential task force in the wake of the police shootings of unarmed black men.
His post as commissioner will end in January.
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