Last Words

Philadelphians speak out soberly about the city's spreading crime epidemic.

By PW Staff
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 4 | Posted Nov. 6, 2007

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Chris Daniels (right)

Age: 17
Neighborhood: North Philadelphia.
Occupation: Student.

"To beat crime, you need more police officers. You've gotta pay for that, and no one wants to. One of the main problems in this city is the no-snitching thing."

 



Jessi Roemer

Neighborhood: West Philadelphia.
Occupation: Lecturer at Penn.

"I haven't been mugged, but everyone else has. My neighbor's daughter was shot on our street. Down the block at the community center, a teenager was shot and killed. We all live close to it. I haven't been attacked, but it's all around me. My block is mostly safe, and in order to perform my daily business, I convince myself I'm safe. But the cognitive dissonance has to affect people."

 



J.P. Sneed

Age: 45
Neighborhood: Northern Liberties.
Occupation: Owns a fitness studio in Northern Liberties.

"It's scary--especially with my 19-year-old daughter working in the neighborhood. Before you could say, 'It's a drug thing.' But it's not just a drug thing anymore. It's the randomness that scares me."

 


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1. Joey Showers said... on Jan 9, 2009 at 08:04PM

“Andre Mathis went to jail for abusing children, both sexually and physically. He is also known for beating and stalking women. He is the last person you should get advise from on how to stop violence. He is a piece of trash!”

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2. victim said... on Jan 10, 2009 at 08:49PM

“ First of all, Andre Mathis' real name is Aundra Bruce Mathis. I sincerely doubt that he is a construction worker, too. When I knew him, he was selling his body to gay men out of Pentoney"s Bar. He is a PEDIPHILE, CHILD ABUSER, WOMAN ABUSER, LOSER, and a poor excuse for a man, a waste of his father's sperm, and should be incarcerated for the rest of his worthless life.”

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3. Laura Schaeffer said... on Jan 10, 2009 at 09:14PM

“Stop taking advise from people like Andre Mathis, Philly. This man is a sex-offender and a pediphile. Look up his criminal record. It's all documented. ”

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4. Nikki said... on Jul 14, 2013 at 04:47PM

“Please help me get more info on this dude. He claims to be my dad and wants contact with me and my son. I've tried to google his record but I can't get it.”

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