Nearly 100 kids have been shot in the city already this year, according to police statistics — a tally soon to surpass the number of young people shot in all of last year. Just 18% of the shootings have resulted in an arrest, according to an Inquirer analysis.
The Police Department characterized the reassignment of Capt. Louis Campione as “one of several command changes that took place [Monday].” Campione's reassignment came after three days of conflict around the Christopher Columbus statue.
Mayor Jim Kenney and Managing Director Brian Abernathy said the department was facing an unprecedented deployment challenge — one occurring in the midst of a pandemic — and that delays in responding to scenes were more an issue of manpower than a lack of will.
With Memorial Day fast approaching, uncertainty is hovering over many of the city’s summer plans. There’s no timetable for when recreation centers might reopen, or set plans for how camps and summer programming might safely occur this year.