- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 21, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

My, my, my. The Democrats can’t seem to get enough of Charles Ramsey, but has the City of Brotherly Love had its fill of him and Hillary Clinton?

The men and women in blue in Philly understandably are kinda upset.

Mr. Ramsey became top cop extraordinaire in 2014, when Barack Obama appointed him co-chair of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Prior to that, Mr. Ramsey had served as chief of police in Philadelphia. Before that, he served in the same titled position in the nation’s capital. Before rising to chief, he served in his native Chicago’s police department.

We learned this week that he’s scheduled to step into the political spotlight next week at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where the coronation of you-know-who will be held.

When he was chief in the District, Mr. Ramsey raised the bar on the Metropolitan Police Department’s professionalism, interagency communications, and training and recruiting during the post-crack cocaine epidemic.

As he ushered in a new era of community policing, then-Chief Ramsey drew my accolades for reminding the public at large that parents are their children’s keepers, and that moms and dads need to grab the mantle of parenting, lest their children become a ward of the criminal justice system.

Mr. Ramsey also kept a handle on the protests that flooded the capital, though lawsuits about tactics and excessive force occasionally entered the fray, too.

The Hillary Stage next week will include the moms of victims of violence often mentioned at events organized by or underscored by members of Black Lives Matter. A list of dads who have lost their children to violence and were invited to the coronation hasn’t been released, however.

Members of the Philly Blue Line rightly bring attention to the fact that the Democrats are paying homage to slain kids’ moms but they are not giving similar homage to police families who lost loved ones in the line of duty.

“It is sad that to win an election Mrs. Clinton must pander to the interests of people who do not know all the facts, while the men and women they seek to destroy are outside protecting the political institutions of this country,” the Philadelphia police union said in a written statement. “Mrs. Clinton you should be ashamed of yourself if that is possible.”

Hillary Stage handlers aren’t going to be shamed into changing their lineup, and if they are, they’ll just put another check mark in the Democrats’ pandering column — their most effective column.

If you happen to check out the convention when Mr. Ramsey speaks, don’t expect him to throw down the gauntlet or even a hammer. That’s not Mr. Ramsey’s style. Do, however, expect him to talk about how — I said how — we can all get along with police.

After all, convention week is Kumbaya Week for the Democratic Party and when the fat lady begins clearing throat.

Deborah Simmons can be contacted at [email protected]

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