Monday, February 27, 2017

More Murders In Philly Going Unsolved

By Philly, Feb. 24, 2017

More often than at any point in recent memory, people have been getting away with murder in Philadelphia.

The city’s homicide clearance rate in 2016 dropped below 50 percent -- the lowest the city has seen in at least 15 years, and the third consecutive year that the rate has decreased, according to police statistics.

While the Homicide Unit posted a clearance rate above 70 percent as recently as 2012 and 2013 -- nearly 10 points higher than the national average -- last year, when there were 277 murders, the rate was just 45.4 percent, meaning police arrested dozens fewer murder suspects than they had just a few years earlier.

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