The Killing Fields

The number of patients with gunshot wounds admitted to the hospital’s trauma center has more than doubled over the past five years — a sign of what the hospital’s chief of medicine calls a genocide on the streets. ‘The rising tide of violence is staggering,’ said Dr. Andre Campbell, adding that while African Americans make up 6.5 percent of the local population, they comprise at least 70 percent of gunshot victims. ‘I characterize that as a genocide,’ he said.

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‘We have a growing number of individuals who are the collateral damage of our urban war,’ said Sharen Hewitt, director of the Community Leadership Academy Emergency Response project.

Pretty grim, huh?

Unfortunately those are the grim realities of life in the progressive city of San Francisco, California.

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