The stabbing of a city councilman has become a rallying call for public officials in their quest to eradicate violent crime in Philadelphia.
While Councilman David Oh is recovering after being stabbed in an attempted robbery, City Council President Darrell Clarke said an all-out effort is needed to stem the tide of violence.
Clarke on Thursday called upon “not only law enforcement, not only elected officials, appointed officials, but the citizens” to do their part.
“At the end of the day, the citizens have to be engaged,” he said. “And they need to be given resources to help deal with the issues in their own community.”
Part of the answer, Clarke said, is strengthening social programs.
“There’s an underlying issue with respect to the person who perpetrates whatever that particular level of violence is. The likelihood that person might not have a job, that person may have some mental issues.”
Legislation to be introduced next week to address the issue, Clarke said.