Nutter: ‘I Just Put a $20,000 Bounty’ on Criminals

Allison Steele, Philly, January 26, 2012

Mayor Nutter hopes an aggressive use of cash rewards will prompt more community cooperation with preventing crimes—possibly enough to help stem a homicide rate that has flared to a troubling level this month.

From now on, the city will offer $500 for information leading police to an illegal gun and up to $20,000 for information leading to an arrest in any homicide.

“To every criminal out there: I just put a $20,000 bounty on your head,” Nutter said at a news conference Thursday at Strawberry Mansion High School in North Philadelphia. “We are coming for you. We will find you. People will give up that information.”

Nutter also announced that the city would double the funding provided to the witness assistance program of the District Attorney’s Office.

“We must do a better job protecting citizens against those thugs out there that subvert our criminal justice system, subvert public safety, and continue to propagate that hateful ‘don’t snitch’ mentality,” Nutter said.


Reinforcements are on the way. A class of 120 newly minted officers will start hitting the streets in March, and up to 100 additional officers will join the Police Academy in June.

Privately, however, members of the department said the 6,500-person department’s staffing levels were so low that several more rounds of hires were needed to make an impact.

In 2006, the murder tally in Philadelphia climbed to 406, the highest in more than a decade. That year, 29 people had been killed by the end of January. The 2012 homicide tally stands at 31 as of Thursday evening.

Several high-ranking police officers, who asked not to be named, said many of the murders committed this month defied typical patterns. Kevin Kless, a recent Temple University graduate, was beaten to death Jan. 14 in Old City after a random argument. Two teenagers were fatally shot Jan. 10 in Juniata Park by a man who opened fire into their car after a neighborhood dispute. Earlier that day, a man and a woman were stabbed to death inside a South Philadelphia apartment. Wednesday, police found two dead at the scene of a murder-suicide in a house in Logan.


Nutter and District Attorney Seth Williams said they would push for stronger sentences for those arrested on weapons charges. Nutter said he wanted gun crimes to result in prison time in every case, as allowable by law.

“Got a gun? Go to jail,” Nutter said. “No more slaps on the wrist. No more falling through the cracks. No more walk away and think that nothing else is going to happen to you.”


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  • I don’t see the $20k bounty for wanted murderers working out too well.  If you turn a homicide suspect in, and get the money, what can you possibly do with it that wouldn’t warrant suspicion that you were the snitch who cashed in?  And your habit is to buy bling or some other sort of conspicuous consumption.

    Another problem is that many Philadelphians can’t afford to get $20k in cash at one time because that would cut off their welfare benefits.

  • Anonymous

    Imagine the medical advances that could be made with the 350 billion taxpayer dollars per year that is spent trying to contain black crime and degeneracy. The standard of living and quality of life for the average American would be 100 times what it is.

    • Anonymous

      May I add another source of cash our government throws away? How about over one hundred billion taxpayers are forced to ante up for benefits to illegal aliens? I know it’s off the subject, but our government would rather eliminate programs for Americans than touch the handouts for illegals. Disgusting!

    • Anonymous

      That was very sad, sounded like it came out of a movie.

      It pains me to say this but mass deportation is really the only answer.  Anything else is living in a dream world.

      The USA will look like Zimbabwe in a few years, where the blacks have
      such intense resentment against anyone of European descent it will
      become uninhabitable just like Zimbabwe.

      Of course it will have deteriorated economically too, so China and Japan are the future.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know what the population of Philadelphia is, may be it is a few million, but I guess that it is in the low millions.
     The whole of the United Kingdom that has a population of over 60 million, has a homicide total roughly similar to that of Philadelphia – and the UK’s figure is probably heavily distorted by blacks and subcons.
     The upshot is that a mass black population is always associated with mass murder.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly. We pay them to get good – well, not horrible – grades, pay them to wait until the’re 17 instead of 15 to have a baby and now pay them to get violent criminals out of their own neighborhoods. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised – we pay them to stay in bed all day too.

    • And now the big fad is making them stay in school until they’re 18 or they graduate from HS.  Obama calls for it in SOTU, and immediately, the Governors of both MO and IL, both Democrats, run out and propose it. 

      I don’t know what good will come of society for doing it.  After all, someone who wants to drop out at 16 or 17 probably can’t hack high school to begin with, so making him or her stay the extra year or two is just keeping that student in the same classes s/he already flunked once or twice before.  On top of that, it gums up the works for 14-year old Freshmen in Algebra I who actually want to pass and learn the material if a 17-year old Senior who already flunked it three times is making trouble in the classroom every day, simply because Obama wants him to be there.

      There is a practical benefit for school districts:  The per capita per diem student attendance funds from the state.

      • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Question to any sane white person left in Killadelphia : What the hell are you doing?

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure some dumb Negro will drop a dime on himself to collect the reward.

    • Anonymous

      Why was my comment edited? When pcism infects sites that are by their very nature anathema to such, we have lost the fight.
      My previous comment was edited by the moderator who replaced the word “Negro” with the more pc friendly “black”.
      Why go halfway though. Why not give in to the “newspeakers” all the way and put African American?
      I will of course be surprise if this post see’s the light of day.

  • Now that you remind me, I think I overestimated their ability to consider the future consequences before doing something.  That’s the problem with so many of them!  That’s why they commit all that crime to begin with.

  • Son of Abraham

    Guest is obviously a longtime resident of Philadelphia and knows the region well, just as I WAS a nearly lifelong resident of Philadelphia and likewise know the region well.

    Philadelphia, once one of the grand old cities of the Northeast, is presently a crime-ridden, mulit-cultural, black controlled dung heap.  Were it not for the presence of the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Temple University and other college liberal White students and the remnants of White ethnic neighborhoods scattered here and there, there wouldn’t be a pale face anywhere on the streets.

    Sad.  Very sad.

  • Anonymous

    this post deserves a pulitzer prize….WOW

  • La Santa Hermandad

    Actually I’m replying to Guest. 
    I apologize for a sin of omission. How could I have forgotten West Philadelphia. I suppose that IT has been a “goner” for so long it would be old news.
    U of P’s and Drexel’s amalgamated campi provide an excellent victim pool for the “youths” and “old heads”.