February 27, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement of the “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative
“As the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia and a co-founder of Cities United, I stand with President Obama in pledging to do all that I can to stop the violence against African American men and boys. In Philadelphia, young African-American men and boys are 80% of the homicide victims and 75% of all the arrests we make for violent crime.
“Across America, African American victims are nearly half of all homicides even though they are only 13% of the population. Those numbers are staggering and cannot be ignored. The future of our nation depends on safe, prosperous communities where everyone has an opportunity to feel safe and succeed.
“With the launch of President Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative, we are hopeful that the federal government…
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