PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Jim Kenney issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s claim that “here in Philadelphia murder has been steady – I mean just terribly – increasing.” The President made this false claim during his address to Congressional Republicans, who are in Philadelphia for their annual retreat.
[box type=”shadow” align=”” class=”” width=””]“President Trump’s false statements today were an insult to the men and women of the Philadelphia police force—the very same men and women who are working long hours today to ensure his safety. Our police officers have worked tirelessly and with great personal sacrifice to get Philadelphia’s crime rate down to its lowest point in forty years, while also successfully implementing reforms to strengthen police-community relations and uphold the rights of all our residents. Our homicides are, in fact, slowly declining, and while we are not satisfied with even our current numbers, we are handicapped by Republican refusal to enact any kind of common sense gun control and by their obsession with turning our police officers into ICE agents – which will prevent immigrants from coming forward to report crimes or provide critical witnesses statements that can put dangerous criminals behind bars.”[/box]
After a factcheck of the Philadelphia Police Department’s records – homicide rates have gone up 37% since last year. However, homicides in Philadelphia declined drastically in the last ten years.
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