Skip to comments.Philly DA purposely turns blind eye to ‘gun crime tip’
Posted on 08/14/2012 5:08:11 PM PDT by marktwain
Despite a city administration decrying Pennsylvanias state preemption on gun laws in its demand for new edicts, a response by the Philadelphia District Attorneys office to a documented complaint about violations of existing firearms statutes by the city's top cop is being met with deliberate indifference, a letter received yesterday by attorney Joshua Prince confirms.
In Philadelphia, if you wish to file a Private Criminal Complaint you must appear in person at the District Attorneys Private Criminal Complaint Unit, Matthew Perks, Assistant District Attorney, Chief, Private Criminal Complaint Unit, told Prince in an August 8 letter responding to multiple requests that authorities investigate Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey for violations of Pennsylvania's Uniform Firearms Act. Since the initial request for investigation in April, these have been shunted Pilate and Herod-like between Attorney General Linda L. Kelly and District Attorney Seth Williams, neither of whom appear inclined to uphold the law against one of their own.
[Ramsey] has openly carried a firearm in the city of Philadelphia but is neither a certified police officer, nor does he have a license to carry firearms, Prince had informed state and city legal officers, providing citations to relevant Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes sections. Furthermore, he wears a uniform and displays a badge, but is not a certified police officer, in violation of Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Program Accordingly, he is also not entitled to compensation.
At the time the process was started, Philly.com reported Ramsey had still not completed the required firearms course and received his certification. If he has since done so, it still does not cover the period prior to that when he was in evident violation of the law.
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