We have previously noted the homicide rate in foul, fetid, fuming, foggy, filthy Philadelphia. As of 11:59 PM on August 14th, there had been 261 homicides in the City of Brotherly Love, but at least one other shooting victim, shot nine times, was in critical condition at Temple University Hospital.
Homicides are up 28% from the same day last year, and 2019 saw the highest number of homicides since 2007. There have been more murders thus far this year than in all of 2013 (246) and 2014 (248). The yearly totals for 2015 (280) and 2016 (277) will be eclipsed shortly.
Brilliant. Just brilliant.
But not everyone who gets shot is killed. From The Philadelphia Inquirer:
by Diane Mastrull | August 15, 2020 | 2:58 PM EDT
Philadelphia’s shooting epidemic continued Friday night into Saturday morning with 10 reported shootings in a nine-hour period, leaving a 17-year-old male dead.
From just before 9:30 p.m. Friday until just after 6 a.m. Saturday, police identified 11 total victims of gun violence in shootings across the city.
In the only homicide, the 17-year-old was shot once in the chest on the street at 9:21 p.m. on the 2200 block of West Harold Street in North Philadelphia. Police said he was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:37.
The article continues to list the shootings, and then states that the police have made no arrests in any of them.
Last weekend, at least 25 people were shot in the city, including two 11-year-olds, and six people at a playground near the Philadelphia Zoo in a spate of violence Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw called “senseless.”
At the start of the week, more than 1,130 people had been shot in the city this year — a 36% increase over the same span last year and an annual pace higher than any since at least 2007, The Inquirer reported. Homicides were up 31% at 259 people.
Friday was the 227th day of the year; Philly is seeing more than one murder per day, and the 1130 shootings listed at the beginning of the week, day 223 of the year, means that five people are being shot every single day!
Kevin Bethel — a former deputy police commissioner who now oversees safety for the School District — said he was troubled by how widespread gun possession has become despite hundreds of arrests each month for carrying illegal weapons, a possible sign that those with guns aren’t afraid of potential consequences.
Why would they fear the consequences? For several years, the homicide case clearance rate has been under 50%. The Inquirer noted in April of 2019 that you are more likely to win a coin toss than get caught for murder in Philly.
In the 1990s and 2000s, Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg cleaned up New York City, the ‘bad old days’ of prior years having made the movie Escape from New York seem plausible. They did it by using the ‘broken windows’ philosophy of crime fighting, of going after the ‘little’ crimes, to teach hard lessons to the thugs just getting started that would, hopefully, get tyhem straightened out before they were graduated into bigger, more violent crimes. At the very least, having the rookie thugs in jail for a little while kept them off the streets and unable to commit more crimes.
But not in Philly!
We have previously noted the pro-criminal Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, the beneficiary of a huge campaign contribution from leftist billionaire George Soros, who hates the police and doesn’t pursue supposedly petty offenses, and the platform on which he ran, saying he would:
- Stop prosecuting insufficient and insignificant cases
- Review past convictions, free the wrongfully convicted
- Stop cash bail imprisonment
- Treat addiction as an illness, not a crime
- Protect immigrants while protecting everybody
- Reject a return to the failed drug wars of the past
- Stand up to police misconduct
On Friday, March 13, 2020, Police Corporal James O’Connor IV was murdered by Hassan Elliott, a known gang-banger that Mr Krasner chose to treat leniently, a man who could have been in jail at the time for multiple parole violations had the District Attorney’s office treated him seriously.
Philadelphia Police Officers formed a human barricade to prevent Mr Krasner from visiting Cpl O’Connor in the hospital as he lay there dying, their disrespect for him was so great.
Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg showed Philadelphia, and other big cities, how to do things right to reduce crime, but, alas! the right way isn’t the politically correct way. Mr Krasner campaigned on what he saw as politically correct, and it turned out to be a winning message, at least in part due to the odious George Soros’ campaign contributions. And the only losers have turned out to be the good people of Philadelphia.¹
¹ – I’d point out here that one-note Amanda Marcotte, who moved to a South Philadelphia neighborhood last year, has been very, very prolific in her Salon articles condemning President Trump, has, at least according to her article listing page, completely ignored the crime wave in her new home town. I guess that there’s no way to write about it and be politically correct.
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