PPD to release names of officers involved in shootings
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey sent out a memo Tuesday announcing a new transparency measure: Effective immediately, the department will be releasing the names of officers who discharge their firearms within 72 hours of any officer-involved shooting.
The new policy comes at the recommendation of the Department of Justice Collaborative Reform and Presidential Task Force, of which Ramsey is a part. In the wake of Ferguson, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the Baltimore riots, and even the controversial shooting of Brandon Tate Brown by Philadelphia Police Officers, Ramsey is pushing to set an example.
But not without criticism.
The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has called out Ramsey for what it deems an irresponsible policy. In a strongly worded comment to CBS 3, FOP President John McNesby said the idea is “...ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous, there is no reason for it.”
Ramsey's memo sent out Tuesday specified that "no threats are made toward the officer or members of their family prior to the release of this information." Ramsey and the PPD won’t release any information that could put somebody’s life in danger.
Nonetheless, McNesby is angry that the FOP wasn’t consulted before the memo went out.
“I don’t like the fact that they didn’t have the common courtesy to sit down and tell the FOP a damn thing about it, that’s what I am pissed off about,” he said.