Linn Washington Jr. writes:
Ramsey, in an unprecedented move for a Philadelphia Police Commissioner, quickly disciplined officers involved in that 5/5/08 beating, including firing four officers who Ramsey determined engaged in impermissible brutality.
However, internal Police Department documents about this beating incident expose problems far more pervasive than excessive use of force against unarmed persons – brutality that routinely occurs outside the glare of television news cameras.
Police documents in this beating case and several others show that police fail to follow supposedly standard operating procedures.
Equally egregious – documents detail how police fail at a core function for cops: being observant.
Police contend the three men shown in the beating video participated in a shooting prior to their frenzied arrest.
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