Trenton Crime Up Since Police Layoffs; Mayor “Fed Up With Wanton Violence”


A Trenton, N.J., man was stabbed to death this week during a struggle with his sister's ex-boyfriend, while a 50-year-old man was shot and wounded in broad daylight yesterday as a run of violent crime continued in New Jersey’s capital, the Trenton Times reports. The murder, Trenton's 24th of the year, remains under investigation, as police continue to probe the killing of a 17-year-old boy Monday.

The surge of violence prompted Mayor Tony Mack to say residents have to take more responsibility for making the city safe. “The Trenton Police Department can no longer be expected to carry the burden of crime reduction on its own,” Mack said. “Parents and guardians need to step up and take control of their homes and children. For those who need help, speak up and speak out. Our administration will continue to do its part by reaching out to state officials to secure additional public safety dollars.” Crime has risen overall since 105 city police officers were laid off nearly 15 months ago. Mack said he was “absolutely FED UP with the wanton violence that plagues our City.”

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