PHILADELPHIA – The Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services Office released a report today assessing the Philadelphia Police Department’s use of deadly force.

Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, had this comment:

“This report illustrates that the problems we’ve uncovered with the Philadelphia Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practices – a lack of transparency, accountability, and training – run through all aspects of the department. 

“As with stop-and-frisk, African-Americans bear the brunt of the Philadelphia Police Department’s use of deadly force, making up 81% of the people shot by police.  These racial disparities have created a deep mistrust of law enforcement in communities of color. The police department must begin to repair this relationship by emphasizing de-escalation and mutual respect in their interactions rather than relying on force.”