Despite Mayor Street’s crackdown in response to last year’s surge in murder and violence, the killing in Philadelphia continues unabated, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. And more people are getting shot, too. Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson argued that the police initiative – dubbed Operation Safer Streets – is making progress and will eventually rein in the violence.
Ralph B. Taylor, a Temple University criminologist, said, “I think it’s really premature, lacking any detailed analysis, to say it’s working or not working,” he said. Meanwhile, murders are on the decline or at modern-era lows in other major cities, such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, where homicides last year dropped to a level not seen since the early 1960s. Chicago is down another 14 percent so far this year.