By Wyatt Earp | April 25, 2009
If there is anything consistent about my hometown, it is this: Almost every time you expect us to shine, we ultimately fail miserably. Our athletes always compete, yet it takes us three decades to win a major sports championship. Our politicians promise to serve we, the people, yet they usually find their way into a federal prison. And we applaud our “declining” homicide rate, yet it still hovers around the 400 count.
Hey, if nothing else, we usually get an “A” for effort in the violent crime arena. And this is what we get for our efforts:
No. 15 Philadelphia, Pa.
(Philadelphia metropolitan statistical area)
Violent Crimes per 100,000: 709
Are you frakkin’ kidding me? What the Hell is wrong with the thugs in my city? The least you people could do was rank better than 15th in dangerous crime. For shame!
The winner (once again)? Detroit, Michigan. SHOCKA!
In March 2008, Kwame Kilpatrick was charged with eight felonies, including perjury and obstruction of justice. In August, he violated his bail agreement and was thrown in jail. His actions were deplorable for anybody, but Kilpatrick was no Average Joe–he was the mayor of Detroit.
Unfortunately for the Motor City, Kilpatrick, 38, is just one ripple in the area’s sea of crime. Detroit is the worst offender on our list of America’s most dangerous cities, thanks to a staggering rate of 1,220 violent crimes committed per 100,000 people. (H/T – Forbes)
Lovely. Note to Matt Stafford, the presumed #1 NFL draft pick by the Detroit Lions: After your home games, get the hell out of the area, post haste!