- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia’s police commissioner is calling on all sides to “lower the volume” following the ambush slaying of two New York City officers.

Charles Ramsey told CBS This Morning on Monday that a union chief’s remarks that New York’s mayor had blood on his hands were “not helpful at all.”

He says it’s a volatile time for police-community relations.

President Obama appointed Ramsey to co-chair a taskforce on policing practices after officer-involved deaths of unarmed men in New York and Missouri sparked mass protests and calls for reform.

Ramsey says Obama was outraged over the killings of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu and said it underscored the urgency of the task force’s work.

He says the immediate focus should be on burying the slain officers and supporting their families.

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