Philly police commish Charles Ramsey has been tapped to take part in Joe Biden’s panel on gun violence. Ramsey: A man who is presiding over 327 homicides.
POLICE COMMISSIONER Charles Ramsey will travel to Washington, D.C., Thursday to take part in a discussion about gun violence with Vice President Joe Biden and other law-enforcement leadership in response to the Newtown, Conn., school shootings.
“We’re very pleased and we’re very honored that [Ramsey] is a part of this effort,” Mayor Nutter said. ” He’s well respected by his colleagues [and] will bring good information and good support to this effort.”
This bogus panel is being set up to find ways to stop gun violence. What possible reason can Biden have for summoning Ramsey there? Homicides in Philadelphia – most of which have been by handgun – have risen every year since Ramsey was named commissioner.
Every. Single. Year.
What’s worse is he’s fudging the numbers. The official department website lists the current homicide number at 321. That number was current on December 12th. It has not been updated since; probably because we have eclipsed last year’s total of 324.
Similarly, the department is citing 160+ “Suspicious Deaths.” Deaths that are being investigated as homicides. If even half those are legitimate murders – and logic dictates that they are – we’re looking at a real homicide count that is over 400.
Look, I realize this panel is nothing more than a circle-jerk for politicians and would-be politicians, but Ramsey’s addition proves they aren’t even trying to take this seriously.