Philadelphia Police Become Targets as they Respond to Reported Shootings


July 19, 2021

By: Emma Maggio

Philadelphia Police Become Targets as they Respond to Reported Shootings

The police of Philadelphia struggle to provide relief to violent situations as they become targets for suspects and work with uncooperative victims. 

As of Friday, the city of Philadelphia exceeded 300 homicides for the year 2021. The officers face difficulties as they try to protect the residents of the area from the high level of crime.

Over the weekend alone, four people died and dozens were injured in Philadelphia. On Saturday night, Joel Dales, Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner, pleaded for "everyone to step up to the plate and carry out their part." 

Just a few weeks ago, while police were transferring an injured 19-year-old who was shot in the chest into a police car, an anonymous culprit began shooting in their direction. 

Sunday night, officers responding to reports of a shooting became the mark of the gunfire of three teenagers. The officers refused to return the shots, however, the teenagers were injured. According to FOX 29, a 16-year-old was shot in the buttocks, a 17-year-old was shot in the wrist, and an 18-year-old was shot in the leg. The injured were taken to and treated at a hospital nearby. 

Another incident occurred the same day. A 15-year-old was shot in the leg and taken to Penn Presbyterian Hospital. In the same incident, a 19-year-old’s knee had been grazed in a shooting, however, they refused treatment once police arrived. 

On the same Sunday, a 34-year-old man was shot multiple times and is currently fighting for his life. 

"This goes to show that there are a lot of guns on the street, and you have folks who are not afraid to use these guns and they don’t care who’s around when they use these guns," Joel Dales said. "It’s a big problem. This is not OK. This is not OK at all."