The President and most of these mayors and district attorneys told the voters exactly what they intended on doing if elected. The majority of voters still voted for them and they have done what they promised to do.
‘When Philadelphia voters elected Larry Krasner as its District Attorney in 2017, he promised to end the failed tough-on-crime policies of the past…’ And he did.
Kenosha County District Attorney… also declined to file any criminal charges… related to the incident, saying at the time the officer was justified in his use of force and was acting in self-defense because Blake was armed with a knife.
- With several weeks left in the year, a dozen major cities have already broken their annual homicide records
- Philadelphia has recorded 521 murders, breaking record from 1990 and surpassing New York and Los Angeles
- Indianapolis, Louisville, Toledo and Baton Rouge broke previous records that were set just last year
- St. Paul, Portland, Austin and Rochester shattered long-standing murder records from the 1980s and 90s
Published: 16:47 EST, 8 December 2021 | Updated: 17:26 EST, 8 December 2021
Philadelphia has shattered its 30-year-old record for annual murders, surpassing the much larger cities of New York and Los Angeles as a dozen major cities post all-time records for homicides — all of them with Democratic mayors.
This is despite the fact that with a population of 1.5 million, the City of Brotherly Love is less than half the size of Los Angeles and one-fifth of New York.
Though Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, which leads the nation with 739 murders this year, remain below their murder records set in the 1990s, at least a dozen large mid-tier cities across the country have already broken their annual records.
The grim trend follows national calls to defund police departments, and in some cities, reforms to bail rules that critics claim let dangerous offenders loose pending trial.
Robert Boyce, a retired chief of detectives for the New York Police Department, blamed the nationwide murder surge on a sharp decline in arrests and pre-trial detention.
‘Nobody’s getting arrested anymore,’ Boyce told ABC News. ‘People are getting picked up for gun possession and they’re just let out over and over again.’
Despite Philadelphia blowing past the prior record of 500 murders set in 1990, the city’s progressive District Attorney Larry Krasner, a champion of bail and police reform, insists that there is no crime wave.
‘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 in a testy exchange with reporters on Monday, noting that violent crimes committed without guns are down.
‘There is not a big spike in crime — that is not true. There is also not a big spike in violent crime, either,’ Krasner insisted.
Krasner has said that the true crisis is ‘gun violence’ and argued that better education and healthcare services would reduce violent crime.
He also blamed the police for a low clearance rate, noting last month that just 27 percent of gun homicides and 15 percent of non-fatal shootings have resulted in arrest.
Among the dozen cities setting new homicide records this year, five shattered previous records that were set the year before, in 2020: Indianapolis, Indiana; Columbus, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Toledo, Ohio; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.