OK, I’m not that shocked. Philadelphia’s Only Surging Industry.
It seems that the media’s ongoing attempts to downplay the rise in crime in Philadelphia is failing.
2020 is the most dangerous year since 2007, with violent crime up 11 percent, and even during the quarantine, crime is rising.
Though the Philadelphia Inquirer has tried to downplay the spike in crime, statistics show that, even as the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds, crime has increased overall, despite a slight dip during the city’s first full week of shutdowns. [SNIP]
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, newly transplanted from Portland, announced that her department—in response to the pandemic—will no longer make arrests for all narcotics offenses; thefts from persons, retail, and autos; burglaries, vandalism, and fraud; and prostitution. In addition, she announced a moratorium on bench-warrant arrests.
While I get that there are reasons to not arrest people during a pandemic, the lack of enforcement isn’t going to make the city safer.