Why Is Commissioner Ramsey Silent on ‘Nickel Rides?’

Matt Rourke/AP

Matt Rourke/AP

The most alarming part of the Inquirer’s weekend story detailing the possible revival of “nickel ride” abuses by the Philadelphia Police Department wasn’t the (alleged) corruption described or the (alleged) injuries inflicted.

This was the most alarming part of the Inky’s story:

Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey declined repeated requests for an interview on the issue. His department also rejected requests to provide a statistical breakdown of cases in which police were disciplined for violating policies on transporting suspects.

Wait. What?

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Former NBC 10 Reporter Don Lemon a Hypocrite on Stop-and-Frisk

Don Lemon on CNN

For some reason, Don Lemon’s tenure in Philadelphia as a WCAU NBC 10 news reporter doesn’t stick out in my mind, probably because he existed well below the radar. He was a weekend anchor at the station for several years, and then went on to the big time at CNN.

He is still an anchor with the network today. But in the last year or so, the self-proclaimed “Twitter King” has joined the hijinks of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show to preach his ever-evolving doctrine of black respectability politics on Tuesday and Thursdays.

He’s giving Bill Cosby a run for his money.

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