A violent crime wave impacting much of the nation has been linked by some pundits to a particularly soft approach by certain progressive prosecutors.
District Attorney Larry Krasner of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for example, has come under recent fire for essentially dismissing the record-high homicide rate in his city.
“Don’t let this become mushy”
According to the Daily Caller, he has since attempted to walk back his remarks and cast reporters as the villains for allegedly misconstruing his true message.
The top prosecutor did acknowledge, however, that his public comments were “inarticulate” and he had actually been trying to cite a difference between gun violence and unarmed crimes.
As the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, Krasner’s controversial statement came during a press conference on Monday as he tried to convince residents and tourists alike that the city remains safe despite more than 500 murders so far this year.
“We don’t have a crisis of lawlessness, we don’t have a crisis of crime, we don’t have a crisis of violence,” he said. “It’s important that we don’t let this become mushy and bleed into the notion that there is some kind of big spike in crime.”
The district attorney went on to insist that Philadelphia is a safe place, drawing a distinction between a surge in gun-related violent crime and a concurrent reduction in offenses committed by unarmed subjects.
“Ignorance and white privilege”
According to Fox News, even Democratic Mayor Michael Nutter slammed the prosecutor’s remarks.
In an op-ed published by The Inquirer, the mayor wrote that Krasner’s remarks “are some of the worst, most ignorant, and most insulting comments” he had ever heard from an elected official.
“It takes a certain audacity of ignorance and white privilege to say that right now,” Nutter asserted, noting that as of this week, “521 people, souls, spirits have been vanquished, eliminated, murdered in our City of Brother Love and Sisterly Affection.”
That level is the highest in more than 60 years, he noted, expressing dismay that Krasner continues to advance “his own national profile as a progressive district attorney.”
Krasner responded directly to the harsh rebukes he received, insisting that he does take violent crime seriously and adding: “As someone whose strong support is owed in part to the fact that I don’t communicate or make decisions like a career politician, it is my obligation to do better.”