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Philadelphia Inquirer: Ramsey orders changes on interrogations, holding suspects

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Beginning next year, Philadelphia detectives must video-record interrogations in all homicide cases and end a long-standing practice of holding suspects for long stretches even when no charges are filed.

That change and a host of others announced Thursday by Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey came at the urging of defense lawyers who had complained that their clients had been mistreated.

Ramsey’s decision was a dramatic one for a department once notorious for its abusive treatment of suspects, particularly in murder cases.

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