Homicide Totals Rising In Philadelphia’s “Iraq”


Yesterday, Philadelphia recorded its 219th homicide – 18 more than the same time last year, says the Philadelphia Inquirer. Police acknowledge that homicide detectives are overwhelmed by the deluge of killing. In one block in an area with a high murder rate, there were more vacant lots than standing houses. What’s left was either burned out, abandoned, or patched up just enough to remain habitable. “IRAQ” was prominently spray-painted on some of the buildings. Danielle Carter, 35, the captain of what’s left of the block, said, “It looks like somebody dropped a bomb on it.”

The neighborhood is in the 12th Police District, the city’s most violent, with 93 shooting victims in the first half of the year – 94 percent more than the same period last year. Mike Chitwood, once a top detective in Philadelphia and now the police chief in Daytona Beach, Fl., said the 12th is one of the busiest districts each year, with a disproportionate number of 911 calls relative to the population. “They have 60,000 residents and 120,000 calls for service,” Chitwood said. The district has “one of the most – if not the most – economically depressed areas of the city,” he said. “It’s a trap.”

Link: http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/15077711.htm

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