As the nation argues about police reforms in the face of a number of cases of police brutality, the same arguments continue in Philadelphia as candidates mull the viability of stop-and-frisk and consider whether or not they should keep Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey around — he’s a fan of the controversial tactic.
Here’s where each of them stand on policing in the city:
On Commissioner Ramsey: The Daily News asked each candidate whether or not they would part ways with Ramsey if elected mayor. Abraham responded that she would like to retain Ramsey, and if he were interested in leaving his post, she would seek his advice and counsel before hiring someone new to replace him, with someone from within the Philadelphia Police Department.
On stop-and-frisk: Abraham has pointed out that nearly four in 10 stops are without reasonable suspicion and says that’s enough to overturn the use of stop-and-frisk in Philadelphia.
Other reforms: Abraham hopes to review the feasibility of having each patrol officer wear a body camera and appoint a police commissioner with a proven track record for fighting crime, using community-based policing while respecting individual civil rights.
On Commissioner Ramsey: Diaz has said he would keep Ramsey around, and told The Daily News: “The most important thing to have in the next police commissioner, whether it’s Commissioner Ramsey or whomever else, is having someone who is going to implement a community policing strategy to help repair the trust between the police and the community, and reduce the crime rate.”
On stop-and-frisk: Diaz would end the practice.
Other reforms: His campaign says he will work on restoring or expanding opportunities for the police to partner with community members, bringing back a police advisory board that has subpoena power and providing police officers with body cameras.
On Commissioner Ramsey: Kenney said: “I think that Chuck Ramsey has probably been one of the best, if not the best, police commissioners we’ve had in this city. I don’t know what his plans are moving forward so I’d talk to him first, if I get elected. If it’s not him, I don’t plan to go outside the department.”
On stop-and-frisk: Ending the controversial practice is one of the pillars of Kenney’s campaign.
Other reforms: Kenney hopes to expand the use of proven methods like focused deterrence, outfit every uniformed police officer with a body camera and increase civil rights education for Philadelphia police officers.
On Commissioner Ramsey: Oliver has said he would retain Ramsey if he’s interested in staying and, if not, he’d hire from within.
On stop-and-frisk: Oliver, who has recalled being stopped-and-frisked when he was just 8 years old, says the practice was wrong then and is wrong now. He’d move to end it.
Other reforms: He would implement ongoing situational training that prepares officers for what they may encounter while on the streets, institute a community engagement and support board and provide for proper funding to provide the police with the tools they need to serve communities.
T. Milton Street
On Commissioner Ramsey: Street has said he’d oust Ramsey if elected mayor and appoint someone from within the department to replace him as the top cop.
On stop-and-frisk: Street would get rid of stop-and-frisk.
On Commissioner Ramsey: Well, this one’s a bit complicated. First, Williams said he supported keeping Williams around. Then, he publicly was like “I would totally fire that guy” because Williams is running on a campaign of getting rid of stop-and-frisk. Then Mayor Nutter basically called him stupid, and Williams was like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. You can read more about this here.
On stop-and-frisk: Williams has promised to end stop-and-frisk and boot Ramsey because he enforced the practice.
Other reforms: Williams hopes to expand the School Diversion Program, support a charter amendment to establish the Police Advisory Commission, expand the use of focused deterrence, create a Gun Violence Task Force and implement a policy that police who use hate speech should be fired.