Philadelphia activists seek immediate solutions as city surpasses 400 homicides in 2021

Since Saturday night, at least 12 people have been shot dead in Philadelphia. Four of these victims died of their injuries.

The weekend’s incidents included two triple shootings and involved men and women of different ages.

As city leaders respond to another violent weekend that has put the city on more than 400 homicides so far in 2021, community groups and activists say they need more immediate help.

Rickey Duncan is an anti-gun activist from Philadelphia, and like most locals, he has questions.

“I’m flabbergasted. I’m upset. I’m frustrated,” Duncan said.

He says his NoMo Foundation youth center can do little to tackle the current problems.

“I feel like I’m not successful at this point because there is a lot of work and effort, and I’m just looking for answers at this point,” he added.

At least four people have been shot dead in the town since Saturday night, and several others have been shot and wounded.

Mayor Jim Kenney responded to this dark step on Sunday, saying in part that group violence and crisis intervention programs will be refined and expanded. He says the city will be provide more grant money to support neighborhood violence prevention programs.

Critics say these actions do little to save lives in the immediate future.

“Everyone is putting all their eggs in the city basket and the city funding goes down a lot. I think it’s more true, it’s going to take a village. It’s going to take a holistic approach,” Duncan said. “We have to start at home for one thing.”

Pastor Carl Day is another activist who has heard of city leaders as the leader of Culture Changing Christians – a group that has received violence prevention grants in the past.

He says he’s all for finding an immediate solution, as long as it doesn’t lead to over-monitoring.

“Don’t get me wrong, the people who are here as criminals absolutely need to be left out. But, at the same time, if you’re just asking for an extra ton of cops, you’re just asking for a bunch of routine stops. , illegal sweaters, illegal searches and seizures, and everything in between, ”said Pastor Day.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw was also among local officials who responded to the news that the city had passed 400 homicides.

“Our department continues to make a record number of firearm confiscations and a record number of arrests of individuals in possession of these weapons,” part of his statement read. “However, this is not enough. We will continue to work with our law enforcement and community partners to bring to justice those who seek to harm our beautiful city and its people.”

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner released a statement on Sunday, calling the violence “senseless and preventable.” On Monday, during his weekly gun violence briefings, Krasner is expected to address this tragic step again.

You can watch the District Attorney’s Briefing live on starting at 11 a.m.



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