Wilmington, De., Shootings Up; Ramsey Criticized

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Since leaving as Philadelphia police commissioner, Charles Ramsey has traveled the U.S. working with universities and think tanks, and consulting for cities struggling with violent crime. In Wilmington, De., where shootings continued to rise after Ramsey completed a $112,000 contract, some are questioning whether the city’s money was well spent. Ramsey was awarded the contract by then-Mayor Dennis Williams to address the rising number of shootings, including 26 gun homicides in 2015 in a city of 71,000, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

This year, the city has recorded 21 shootings and eight homicides — four times the number reported in the same period last year, says the Wilmington News Journal. City Councilman Robert Williams, a police officer in Wilmington for more than two decades, told The News Journal he did not believe the Ramsey contract had any impact on public safety. “We got nothing to show for our money,” Williams said. Ramsey retired from the Philadelphia Police Department in January 2016.

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