BREAKING NEWS – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said that the city is not plagued by a crime crisis despite a record number of homicides in 2021.

The Philadelphia Police Department has reported 521 homicides so far in 2021 – a 13% increase compared to 2020 and the city’s highest number of killings since at least 2007. Shooting incidents have increased 4.4%, and the number of shooting victims has risen about 3% over the last year.

“We don’t have a crisis of violence,” the district attorney told reporters at a press conference. “We do not consider all murders, violent. When guns are used, of course they are violent. But strangulations, stabbings, and tossing someone off of a roof from a tall building are more personal, and we categorize those as domestic disagreements.”