The graphic on the left was taken from the Philadelphia Police Department’s official website. It boasts 2012′s “Year-End Totals.”
They’re wrong. They’re off by a half-dozen.
The 331st homicide occurred on Christmas Eve on Whitaker Avenue in the 2nd District. The 337th – and presumably, final homicide – occurred on December 29th on Akron Street in the 15th District.
The worst part of this is that, six years on, they are still comparing numbers to the uber-violent 2007. (That was probably the last truly accurate number posted.) Hell, there is barely enough room on the page to fit that year in the graphic!
So, who are they trying to snow here? The mayor knows the real numbers, as does city council, and the upper echelon of the department. They’re obviously okay with Commissioner Ramsey’s handling of the violence here, so why the shenanigans? Is it for the benefit of the media? They know the real numbers, and are covering for the administration, anyway.
rubes citizens probably don’t know the actual numbers, but they don’t care, so why should the department? If nothing else, fudging the numbers is an insult to those victims. Apparently they’re brutal deaths don’t count.
This is what this country has come to. No one takes responsibility anymore, no one gives a frak, and no one strives toward a decent work ethic.