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Philly's crime wave could affect the midterm election results in Pennsylvania


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Washington Examiner

PHILADELPHIA — It’s been four weeks since former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter admonished the city’s district attorney Larry Krasner in an editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer for his dismissal of the city’s crime wave, calling his offhand remarks “some of the worst, most ignorant and most insulting comments [he had] ever heard spoken by an elected official.”

Krasner told reporters a couple of days earlier that Philadelphia didn't "have a crisis of lawlessness, we don’t have a crisis of crime, we don’t have a crisis of violence” when discussing a city that at the time had seen a record 521 homicides by Dec. 1.

For perspective, the number of homicides just seven years ago, 250, was less than half of that.

Nutter said Krasner’s remarks took a certain audacity of ignorance and white privilege and wondered “what kind of white wokeness Krasner was living in to have so little regard for human lives lost, many of them Black and brown.”

Four weeks later, after five minutes of national coverage, nothing much has changed. By the time 2021 ended, the Philadelphia Police Department announced there had been 38 more homicides, bumping the number of lives lost violently up to 559. This is the most recorded homicides ever in one year since the city started tracking them 60 years ago.

On the last night of the year, six gunmen fired more than 65 rounds on a busy Philadelphia street filled with people enjoying restaurants and bars. Patrons ran frantically for cover. When the gunshots ended, one woman was found shot multiple times, and several young men suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Four days into the new year, the city has not seen any relief. Just hours into 2022, two people were killed, and at least 12 others were injured by gunfire.:snip:

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