Editorial: What did Philadelphia police do in April during a crime low? It wasn’t solving homicide cases

As the term “defund the police” gains momentum throughout the country, detractors of the concept of reducing police budgets in favor of more social services raise concerns about the implication of smaller police forces for public safety. But the Philadelphia police’s current track record on gun violence — the most profound public safety crisis in Philadelphia — suggests that the resources we pour into safety are having little impact on outcomes — leading to a bigger question about the priorities of the city’s police department.Stuck in the middle of both of the city’s gun violence crisis and t…

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