Wednesday, August 09, 2006 A Wealth of Excuses, A Lack of Results reports frightening math.

The number of murders in the city is up this year while the number of murderers being caught by police has dropped, Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson said.

The number of homicide victims reached 239 Tuesday... At the same time, the percentage of murder cases solved so far this year is 58 percent, down from a high of 82 percent in 1991.

Johnson said Philadelphia, like other big cities, is struggling with problems of drugs, violence and a lackluster economy. He also blames cultural change, saying increasing numbers of people have been unwilling to come forward and testify for fear of being labeled a snitch.


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