Philadelphia police shot 52suspects last year whileresponding to calls for reported crimes.The number of policeshootings climbed to thehighest level it’s been in 10years.Philadelphia has had one of thehighest rates of shootings bypolice in the nation.
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POSTED: Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 6:00 AM
The number of violent crimes fell last year in Philadelphia, asdid assaults on police officers.But the number of people shot by police is up.Way up.The number of shootings by police in 2012 resulting in deathor injury climbed to the highest level it’s been in 10years. Philadelphia police shot 52 suspects last year whileresponding to calls for reported crimes. Of those shot, 15people died.
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And the city's own police watchdog says the department hasn'tprovided a reason for the increase. The Police AdvisoryCommission has been repeatedly blocked in its efforts toreview shootings and, according to the executive director of the Police Advisory Commission, Internal Affairs has refusedto supply requested information about any of the shootings.Police Internal Affairs investigators and the district attorney'soffice have not raised any known concerns about theshootings. But the number dwarfs that of the previous year. In2011, 35 were shot. In 2012, the shootings increased almost50 percent.Critics say the data, collected and analyzed by Philly.com,
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