Philadelphia DA says city doesn’t have crisis of crime despite record-breaking year for murder

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Philadelphia, PA – Back in November, the city of Philadelphia reported its 500th murder of 2021, surpassing a record set in the city back in 1990. On Sunday, police here reported two more shooting deaths, a double homicide in the city’s 25th district.

A few days earlier, a group of teenagers savagely beat a man in a public bathroom.

Now, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, a Democrat said there’s nothing to see here and that the city is safe for tourists.

“We don’t have a crisis of lawlessness, we don’t have a crisis of crime, we don’t have a crisis of violence,” Krasner said on Monday. “It’s important that we don’t let this become mushy and bleed into the notion that there is some kind of big spike in crime.”

Krasner is sort of right. Unless you’re an African American between the ages of 18 and 30, you’re not likely to be shot and killed in the city, but that’s not to say that all of the killings are black-on-black inner city crimes.

Philadelphia’s unlucky 500th murder was a 55-year-old mother gunned down by her husband. 2021 has been a violent year in Philadelphia, especially for women. 255 women have been shot or killed in the city this year.

52% of shootings in Philadelphia involved victims between the ages of 18-30. 84% of victims are black, 8% are Hispanic and 6% are white.

As of today, there have been 521 homicides in the city, a 13% increase over 2020 with 1,707 non-fatal shootings and 454 shooting murders.

Shockingly, under Krasner’s leadership, of the 2,161 reported shootings and murders in 2021, only 351 suspects will be facing trial, according to the Office of the Comptroller.

No, there’s no crime wave in Philadelphia. There’s nothing to see here, so bring the family and make sure to pack the bulletproof vests, because this report doesn’t even touch on other violent and non-violent crimes in the city.

The Philadelphia Office of the Controller keeps detailed data on the city’s shootings.