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The Bobster
04-12-2017, 04:28 PM

Philadelphia Murder Rate Up 20 Percent, Police Say
“The highest motive we’re seeing is arguments between people … which can be difficult to anticipate."
By Alicia Victoria Lozano
Published 2 hours ago

Homicides in the City of Brotherly Love :rolleyes: are up 20 percent after dipping slightly the last two years.

Currently there are 85 murder victims compared to 71 homicides this time last year, according to the Philadelphia Police Department. This follows a four-year trend in rising murder rates after the city experienced a significant decrease in 2013.

“The highest motive we’re seeing is arguments between people … which can be difficult to anticipate,” said Philadelphia police spokesman Capt. Sekou Kinebrew.

He added that these arguments are not necessarily between friends, relatives or even people who know each other. They are “disputes that turn violent,” he said.

Despite the uptick, all shootings are down 5 percent overall. The paradox is difficult to explain, but Kinebrew credits police with maintaining a strong presence on the streets and forging lasting relationships with the communities they patrol.

“Philadelphia is unique as a city of neighborhoods,” he said. “We have police who grew up in these areas and know the residents. Their kids are our kids.”

These relationships are strengthened by regular townhalls, community programs and social engagement between law enforcement and citizens, Kinebrew added. It’s a calculated, holistic approach that is not necessarily singular to Philadelphia but has proven successful in a city whose demographics change seemingly block by block.

For example, in the 14th District where Kinebrew once patrolled, enforcement officers hand out free water ice to children and their parents on the last day of school. He called it a “bit of a trick” to educate residents on the changing curfews police enforce during summer nights.

“We hope these tactics pay out as time unfolds,” he said, adding that the homicide division is hiring more officers and detectives in an effort to curb murder rates.

“We can’t just police our way out of it.”

During the presidential campaign season, President Donald Trump accused Philadelphia of skyrocketing crime rates. Mayor Jim Kenney bristled, calling Trump a purveyor of fake facts.

“The men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department … dedicate themselves every day to driving down our crime rate, laying their lives on the line,” Kenney said at the time.

Indeed, Philadelphia’s overall murder rate has steadily dropped over the last decade. In 2007, 391 people were killed compared to 278 in 2006.

The Bobster
04-16-2017, 08:12 AM

Multiple Shootings Leave Woman Dead, Man Hurt & Philadelphia Police Searching for Clues
A bloody start to Easter Sunday in Philadelphia
By Dan Stamm
Published 2 hours ago

A woman died in a series of shootings around Philadelphia overnight.

A gunman shot the yet-to-be-identified woman along the 3200 block of F Street in Kensington around 1:20 a.m. Easter Sunday. She died around 3 a.m. at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia Police said.

Detectives searched for clues in her death as well as other overnight shootings in the city.

Around 2 a.m., gunfire rang out at the Roxxy Nightclub along N Delaware Avenue leaving a 26-year-old man shot in the leg, police said. He was treated at Hahnemann Hospital and released.

Late Saturday night, bullets flew along the 3800 block of Mount Vernon Street in Mantua, police said. Officers found shell casings around a car but found no shooting victim, investigators said.

Police didn’t immediately reveal any information on the shooters in any of the incidents.

The Bobster
04-17-2017, 06:43 AM

Violent Easter Weekend Continues Into Monday With 19 Shot, 4 Fatally
April 17, 2017 7:40 AM By Trang Do

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A violent Easter weekend in Philadelphia continued into Monday, with several people shot overnight.

Around 2 a.m., an officer was about a block away from 62nd Street and Woodland Avenue when he heard a single gunshot fired.

Officers found a large crowd surrounding a 27-year-old Hispanic man, who’d been shot once in the torso. Paramedics pronounced him dead on scene.

Police do not have a motive for the shooting, but said the man was a customer inside the Lounge 62 bar at some point in the evening.

Earlier Monday, officers responded to another shooting just before 2 a.m. near D Street and Whitaker Avenue in Juniata Park.

Three people, a 21-year-old man, a 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were all shot in the legs and taken in a private car to Temple Hospital. Investigators believe the shooting may have stemmed from an some kind of argument.

Police say increased violence in the city usually coincides with warmer weather.

“We’ve had numerous shootings over the weekend. Summertime is coming, warm weather today, we get shootings that peak and valley during the warm weather,” said Capt. Jamill Taylor of the Philadelphia Police Department. “Certainly we want anybody that has witnessed this shooting or any shooting for that matter to contact the police, contact our homicide unit.”

At least 19 people were shot this holiday weekend into Monday in Philadelphia. Four of the victims died from their injuries.