Philly Police Officers Fired in Beating Case
Four Philadelphia police officers were fired for their role in a videotaped beating May 5 of three suspects -- a swift action by the city's police commissioner who once presided over the District's cop shop.
The firings were announced today by Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and police commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, the District's former police chief who spearheaded an overhaul of the department's use of force policies during his tenure here.
The Philadelphia Inquirer noted that Ramsey's quick action showed that "a new day" had begun for the city's police force.
Ramsey, who started as the police commissioner in Philadelphia in January, served as D.C.'s police chief from 1998 to 2006.
After a Post investigation found that D.C. police officers shot and killed more people per capita than any other large city police force, Ramsey requested a Justice Department probe, which led to 10 years of federal oversight and a drop in the number of police shootings.
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