In one of his worst appointments to date, Barack Obama has named Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey to be co-chair a “”Task Force on 21st Century Policing.”
To those of us who remember when Ramsey was chief of the DC Police the appointment is not only terrible, but absurd. As Washingtonian EddieBecker put it on Facebook:
President Obama must have lost his mind or is getting very bad advice if he thinks the appointment of former DC Police Chief, Charles Ramsey, as co-chair of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing, will do much to make the police. obey the law and basic human rights. In these post-Ferguson times, where cell phone cameras seem to capture daily outages of “cops acting badly” the smooth talking silver tongued Ramsey only indicates cover up.
Ramsey’s style is to provide lip service to the law, while allowing bad cops to “take care of business” as they see fit. After abuse is uncovered, Ramsey acts shocked, declares a thorough investigation that drags on and does not get to the root cause of much of the underlying problem. Which is basically: let bad cops “take care of business” as they see fit.
Here are just a few of our stories from the time when Ramsey controlled the DC police force: