In 2021, the city of Philadelphia had 562 murders, breaking the previous high of 500 established in 1990. The city’s murder rate has risen dramatically over the last two years. In 2019, 356 homicides were reported in Philadelphia. However, that number increased to 499 in 2020 and expanded in 2021.
Residents of Philadelphia faced a stormy night punctuated by a slew of shootings that injured several people. During the first 24 hours of the New Year, 14 individuals were shot in Philadelphia, two fatally.
According to an anti-violence advocate, residents of Philadelphia are “likely to be traumatized” by this year’s events, including the pandemic, gun violence, and other incidents. According to Emily DeCarlo of the Philadelphia Anti-Violence Partnership, residents have been terrified. “I would say the entire city of Philadelphia is likely to be traumatized” as a result of what happened this year, she adds.
Moreover, Jim Kenney, the Democratic mayor of Philadelphia, has asked for the city to “be able to determine its own gun rules.” He has advocated many “police reforms” favored by progressive groups. Kenney canceled a projected $19 million increase in Philadelphia city police budgets last year due to demands from “defund the cops” demonstrators.
In many American cities in 2020 and 2021, violent crime, progressively declining in the United States since the early 1990s, suffered massive and unprecedented surges. In 2021, more than a dozen major American cities established murder records, including Philadelphia. The rise occurred as the country dealt with the COVID-19 epidemic and civil turmoil.