The result of the Black Lives Matter and Progressive Prosecution movements has been surging Black homicide rates and plummeting homicide clearance rates.
Philadelphia had its highest homicide rate in city history in 2021. The 2021 homicide rate was more than double the homicide rates the city experienced in 2013 or 2014.
An increasingly large percentage of these are no-impulse control murders or they are committed against a random victim during a robbery. These highly random murders mostly have Black victims and Black perpetrators. However, Philadelphia has also seen at least three random Black on White murders in the past few months.
The recent killing of Jailene Holton is a perfect example of a no-impulse control homicide.
On June 28th, a Black male was expelled from a bar called Top Gold in Philadelphia. He went to his car, grabbed a gun, and began randomly shooting into the bar. Jailene Holton, a 21-year-old White female, was slaughtered. All local media in the Philadelphia area censored the random murder by describing the dangerous at-large suspect as “a man with a black truck.”
According to the data that the Philadelphia police department has sent to the FBI, between 2010-2020:
The race of the suspect is known in 53.8% of homicides.
In cases when the race of the suspect is known, 82.2% of the suspects are Black.
80.6% of homicide victims have been Black during this time period.
In cases where circumstances are known, 52.0% of homicides started out as arguments
The FBI also reports that between 2010 and 2020, about 63% of homicide victims in Pennsylvania were Black. In cases where the suspect’s race is known, 60% are Black. Philadelphia is about 41% Black. Pennsylvania as a whole is only about 11% Black.
These no-impulse control and random crime victim killings are the hardest to solve. Since Philadelphia is experiencing a dramatic surge in these types of homicides, the clearance rate is declining. Since most of these killings are committed against Black victims by Black perpetrators, the clearance rate for Black victims in the city has collapsed.
The surge in spur-of-the-moment, no impulse control killings is being fueled by the lack of prosecution of criminals in Philadelphia. The suspects typically have been arrested many times but were pampered by the judicial system. So they progressively commit worse and worse crimes until they kill someone.
Since 2014, the homicide rate has been rising in Philadelphia, and the homicide clearance rate has been falling. The clearance rate for homicides involving a Black victim is now shockingly low. It has fallen from around 75% to less than 30%.
Philadelphia homicide rates:
1974: 444 (1818, 24.4 per 100k) spike in the 70s
1984: 263 (1637k, 16.1 per 100k) low point in the 80s
1990: 500 (1586k, 31.5 per 100k) former record that held till 2021
2013: 246 (1537k, 16.0 per 100k)
2014: 248 (1547k, 16.0 per 100k)
2019: 356 (1579k, 22.5 per 100k)
2020: 499 (1584k, 31.5 per 100k) tie with 1990
2021: 561 (1585k, 35.4 per 100k) new all time record
Note: Philadelphia’s population has remained virtually unchanged in thirty years!
Other recent Black on White killings in Philadelphia:
Sean Toomey, 15, was a White male slaughtered in front of his house by two Black males. The perpetrators were apparently on a crime spree and breaking into cars in the neighborhood
George Andes Briscella, 60, was killed by a group of five Black males on February 2nd. He was standing outside his mother’s house when he was shot and killed. Police have arrested Jonathan Akubu, 28, Aiah Gbessay, 28, Amin Muse, 20, Abdul-Hakim, 19, Mikal McCracken, 20. Police say that Akubu was the ringleader and may be linked to as many as forty carjackings.