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Philadelphia Had a Violent 2020 and is Witnessing Rising Homicide Numbers

Urban Centers Across America are Becoming Dysfunctional

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Philadelphia has had a rough 2020 as far as homicides were concerned. According to a report by Chris Palmer of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the annual total for homicides in the city was almost 500. Similar scenarios have taken place across American largely due to unrest from the Wuhan virus pandemic and many cities’ decisions to implement lax policies to fight crime. 

Philadelphia’s homicide count as of December 31, 2020, stood at 499. This number is 40 percent higher than in 2019 and represents a greater total of homicides recorded than the years of 2013 and 2014 combined. The last time more people were murdered was during 1990, when law enforcement reported 500 homicides. This number took place against the background of the crack-cocaine epidemic.

The increase in shootings was even more significant. Over 2,240 people were victims of shootings from January 1 to December 31 of last year. Law enforcement were quick to blame the increase of firearms in circulation. In 2020, there were 2,300 arrests related to illegal firearm possession, which is double the number from 2015.

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Palmer outlined how Philadelphia’s current crime problem is not an isolated development. It’s a national trend:

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Philadelphia is far from alone in experiencing a homicide spike. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington are among the urban centers recording a surge in violence.

The Council on Criminal Justice, a D.C.-based research group, found that homicides in 21 American cities were up 32% between March and October compared with 2019. And some analysts believe 2020 could record the largest-ever single-year increase in murders in the United States.

Since the rise of “the Ferguson effect” following the death of Michael Brown in a confrontation with the police in Ferguson, Missouri, police have become more hesitant to use more proactive methods in stopping crime. Combined with a growing push for gun control across the nation, many lawful citizens simply have little recourse to defend themselves against criminals. Hence, the surge in crime.

Something will eventually have to give. Criminal activity can only go on for so long until there is a heavy-handed reaction.

 

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Career Criminal Killed Two Siblings in Stolen Car Crash…He was Free Despite 18 Prior Felony Convictions

This is what liberal criminal justice reform creates.

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Orlando, Fla. resident Reginald Lamar Harris, 47, is behind bars yet again after speeding on the wrong side of the road after allegedly stealing a car and killing two siblings while being chased by law enforcement.

Harris has quite the extensive rap sheet, which includes 18 felony convictions, 20 misdemeanor convictions, and eight prison sentences, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Still, he was allowed back on the streets despite his history of recidivism, and two innocent people are now dead as a result.

“I mean, the bottom line is (he was a) career criminal. He murdered two people. Those kids were murdered. It’s no different than if he took a gun and put it to their heads, what he did to those kids,” Chitwood said.

Harris was believed to have been driving in excess of 100 miles per hour during the time of the crash. 21-year-old Domynick Milis, and his 18-year-old sister, Danycka Milis, were killed in the crash. Kyley Larsen, 17, and Drake Milis, 13, were in the back seat and injured in the crash but are expected to survive. The survivors have created a GoFundMe which has already raised almost $150,000.

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Big League Politics has reported on the explosion of crime across the country as liberal criminal justice reform allows dangerous thugs back onto the streets:

A 21-year old man with two convictions for violent crimes as a juvenile has been arrested in the shooting homicide of a Nashville, Tennessee nurse. 26-year Caitlyn Kaufman was shot and killed as she was driving to work at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville in I-440 on December 3rd, with local law enforcement launching an extensive investigation to apprehend a suspect afterwards.

An anonymous tip led Metropolitan Nashville Police to arrest 21-year old Devaunte Hill at an apartment complex on Friday. He’s being charged with criminal homicide in the death of Kaufman.

NMPD Chief John Drake announced in a press conference that 21-year old Hill had implicated himself in the highway shooting death of Kaufman in an interview with detectives following his arrest. Ballistic testing also allegedly matches rounds fired in the shooting with a 9mm handgun in Hill’s possession. A motive in the shooting is still unclear, with the investigation indicating that six rounds were fired at Kaufman’s vehicle from the corner of the road…

Shockingly, Hill was originally charged with four counts of attempted homicide in his 2016 aggravated assault conviction, having shot his grandmother and his minor sister and nephews. Somehow, he was spared serious prison time after shooting three people, including two children.

Most recently, Hill was arrested as an adult on charges of charges of assault, driving without a license, failure to be booked and drug paraphernalia dating back to as recently as August.

Left-wing policies combined with a religious devotion to diversity and multiculturalism are a death sentence to Western Civilization. There will be more innocent people who suffer due to this agenda.

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