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Michael Nutter says too many ‘black men are being slaughtered’

Last updated: September 27. 2013 11:07PM - 1445 Views
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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is calling on the U.S. to find new ways to combat street violence because too many “black men are getting slaughtered.”


The United States needs a solution on the level of the anti-terrorism measures created after the 9/11 attacks, Nutter said Thursday in Washington, D.C., where he was attending a Justice Department conference on youth violence.


“What if our response to domestic terrorism was as thorough and as engaged as our response to international terrorism? What if we had a 9/11 commission about black men getting slaughtered on the streets of America,” Nutter said, speaking with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu at the National Press Club.


He believes the solution is a joint effort among government, nonprofits, businesses and concerned citizens, a plan backed by a group of more than 50 mayors called Cities United. Nutter is the past president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.


He and Landrieu also urged federal agencies, including the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, to redirect their resources to address the pressing problem. They also asked for more funding for community policing.


Nutter and Landrieu have spoken to President Obama about the problem, and said he is “ready to act.”


“The question is where is the Congress and what are they prepared to do?” Nutter said.


Philadelphia’s homicide rate has dropped from more than 500 deaths a year to about 300, but gun fatalities remain a near-daily event.


Hours after the mayor’s address, a 27-year-old man was shot and killed Thursday night in Philadelphia in the backyard of a home where he was visiting his grandmother. Homicide investigators were also investigating the death of a man shot and killed while riding his bicycle in the city.


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