In 2018, the murder rate in Philadelphia was the highest among any large city in the nation – more than 20 murders per 100,000 residents. Philadelphia now has more murders each year than New York City even though New York has a much larger population.
Last year, the homicide rate dropped in cities across the nation, but increased in
Philadelphia. Murders decreased in the four Pennsylvania counties surrounding Philadelphia as a total, but increased in Philadelphia. We must stop the violence.
Violence is the norm in too many Philadelphia communities and far too many Philadelphians live in their neighborhood in fear.
Late in 2018, nearly three years after he took office, Mayor Kenney announced that the city did not have a comprehensive violence-prevention plan. Philadelphia endured more murders in 2018 than any year since 2007. Despite new pronouncements about city plans, more than 100 Philadelphians have been murdered in 2019 alone.
After years of making progress reducing homicides, Philadelphia has taken a major step back during the Kenney Administration. If these killings occurred all at once, they would represent a mass murder that would shock the nation, but because they are added up each night, body by body, we somehow ignore the carnage.
Reducing violence is no longer a top priority for our city and our elected leaders. We can do more to reduce the bloodshed.
As Mayor, I will declare a state of emergency to address the violence that will not end until Philadelphians feel safe in their communities.
According to the 2019 “State of the City” report produced by The Pew Charitable Trusts, “In 2018, Philadelphia had 351 homicides—the most since 2007—up 11 percent from the previous year and 43 percent above the historic low recorded in 2013. Similarly, there was a year-to-year increase of 17 percent in the total number of shooting incidents.”
Mayor Jim Kenney promised to reduce violence in Philadelphia, but his administration has failed to make progress. To make Philadelphia a city of peace and security, I offer A Better Way To Reduce Violence For A Better Philadelphia.