President Trump made a comment during his speech at the GOP retreat in Philadelphia on Thursday that resulted in the city’s mayor putting out a public statement ripping the president for spreading false information.
“Right now, too many families don’t feel secure,” said Trump. “Just look at the 30 largest cities. In the last year alone, the murder rate has increased by an estimated 14 percent. Here in Philadelphia, the murder rate has been steady, I mean just, terribly increasing.” Trump then asked the crowd, “What the hell is going on in Chicago?” Someone off camera yelled, “Democrats!” Trump laughed and replied, “There is some truth to that.”
The remarks caused a stir with Mayor Jim Kenney who issued a statement refuting Trump’s claim:
“President Trump’s false statements today were an insult to the men and women of the Philadelphia police force — the very same men and women who are working long hours today to ensure his safety.” He continued, “Our police officers have worked tirelessly and with great personal sacrifice to get Philadelphia’s crime rate down to its lowest point in forty years, while also successfully implementing reforms to strengthen police-community relations and uphold the rights of all our residents. Our homicides are, in fact, slowly declining, and while we are not satisfied with even our current numbers, we are handicapped by Republican refusal to enact any kind of common sense gun control and by their obsession with turning our police officers into ICE agents – which will prevent immigrants from coming forward to report crimes or provide critical witnesses statements that can put dangerous criminals behind bars.”
FROM YAHOO news, overall, Philadelphia saw an uptick in overall homicides in recent years from lows in 2013 and 2014, but last year saw three fewer murders than 2015, according to local police. When the number of homicides is looked at per capita — as in this chart from the Philadelphia Inquirer — the rates drop even lower.
Although the president’s comments are discredited by the statistics, he was trying emphasize the point that the murder rate is too high. In Chicago for example, already this year the number of homicides are outpacing those in 2016.
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