The number of homicides in Philadelphia has doubled since 2012.
And police officers in Philadelphia have been accused of shooting more than 50 people since the start of the year.
In the first three months of this year, a total of 823 people were killed by police in the city.
It was the highest number of killings since 2007.
When asked about police brutality, city police chief Charles Ramsey defended his officers and accused critics of “ignoring” their actions.
“We are not here to hide from anything, but we’re here to do what is right and the only way we’re going to do it is to be accountable to the community, and we will not do that by changing the way we do business,” Ramsey said.
Ramsey added that he does not want the department to be viewed as a “criminal organization.”
“We’re not here as a crime-fighting organization,” Ramsey told ABC News.
ABC News’ Ben Margot contributed to this report.
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