In Wake of Shootings, Detective Challenges PPD to Step Up West Philly Coverage

On Twitter, Joseph Murray calls violence near 60th and Market "a major problem," but says it doesn't get same attention as Center City crime.

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The El station at 60th and Market streets | Google Street View

A Philadelphia Police detective well-known for his use of social media challenged his department in a series of Twitter postings Sunday afternoon, decrying recent violence in West Philadelphia and suggesting it wasn’t getting the same attention from brass as Center City crime.

Detective Joseph Murray‘s tweets came in response to a Sunday afternoon shooting at the SEPTA station at 60th and Market streets; that incident left the victim, an unidentified man, in critical condition. Two other people had been killed in the neighborhood in recent weeks. 

In response, Murray suggested Sunday afternoon the department needs to step up its foot patrols in the neighborhood. 

And he suggested the area wasn’t receiving the same attention as Center City crime, despite a clear need:

He called for stepped-up patrols of the neighborhood:

Philly Mag requested comment from the Philadelphia Police Department on Sunday night and again Monday morning; as of late Monday morning, no response had been provided.

Murray last year received a Richardson Dilworth service award from Mayor Nutter for innovation in government for his efforts on Twitter. He has more than 6,000 followers on the social media service.

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