Number Shot by Philadelphia Police Jumps Without Explanation


The number of people shot by Philadelphia police has climbed to its highest level in a decade, as violent crime and assaults on police officers are down, reports Philadelphia police shot 52 suspects last year while responding to calls for reported crimes. Of those shot, 15 people died. The city’s police watchdog says the department hasn’t provided a reason for the increase. The Police Advisory Commission has been repeatedly blocked in its efforts to review shootings and, according to the executive director of the Police Advisory Commission, Internal Affairs has refused to supply requested information about any of the shootings.

Police Internal Affairs investigators and the district attorney’s office have not raised any known concerns about the shootings. In 2011, 35 were shot. “It certainly raises a red flag,” said David Rudovsky, civil rights attorney and University of Pennsylvania law professor. “The numbers almost speak for themselves.” Philadelphia in recent years has had one of the highest rates of shootings by police in the nation.

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