Guess Who's Free?
Things that make you go, "Hmmmmmm:"
- PHILADELPHIA — Charles Ramsey was 15 when he had his first encounter with the kind of violence he has worked nearly five decades to end.
A friend was stabbed to death by a gang member down the block from the Chicago home where Ramsey and his family lived. The friend was on his way home from playing pool and table tennis at Ramsey's house.
Five years later, on the same South Side corner, a police officer was gunned down in his patrol car.
- Violent crimes have dropped every year since hitting a 50-year high of 22,883 in 2006, two years before Ramsey arrived. Last year, the department reported 15,771 violent crimes — a 69 percent drop. In 2006, there were 406 homicides. Under Ramsey, the city's homicide rate has averaged 299 killings per year, with 248 in 2014.
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