Battenfeld: Michelle Wu boasts of a safe Boston hours before Seaport shooting of high school graduate

Mayor Michelle Wu boasted about how safe the city is just hours before a shooting of a newly-graduated Boston high school student in broad daylight in the Seaport and a violent beating and stabbing on Boston Common.

While the Boston mayor portrays the city as a clean and safe Wutopia, drug addicts are openly shooting up in front of Boston Medical Center and shootings break out on historic, heavily trafficked Boston Common.

In a Boston Globe interview, Wu talked about how impressed leaders from other cities are with Boston’s safety.

“They were shocked at our public safety numbers and how low our crime rates are, how big the declines have been year over year,” she said. “Everyone in the group told me they couldn’t believe how clear our streets were…We know that having the best coordination when it comes to safety in the city – public safety, roadway safety – gives us an advantage economically compared to other cities.”

Apparently the groups of visitors from outside Massachusetts never stopped by Mass and Cass, where there’s been an increase in open air drug use. The city overall saw a 12% rise in opioid deaths over the last year.

And if Wu thinks the roads are safe she’s never had to drive them herself.

Other mayors would be out on the streets promising to address the problems. But Wu pivots to a false narrative, that everything is great.

The attempt by the Boston mayor to present a rosy view of the city comes despite evidence every day that the city has a major violence and drug problem.

Wu on Thursday celebrated the “City of Belonging” festival “amplifying global art and culture through music, dance, performance and community-building” just days after a shooting broke out at the Park Street T stop on Boston Common and hours before another violent incident on the Common Thursday night.

The gunshot victim, who was seriously injured, was found near the Brewer Fountain on the Common – a spot heavily visited by tourists and out of towners. A Lynnfield man was arrested and faces firearms charges.

“I’m thankful there wasn’t an even more serious consequence,” Wu said, praising first responders.

On Thursday night, a group of people reportedly trying to intervene in a road rage incident were stabbed and beaten on Boston Common. Two people suffered stab wounds and one a broken wrist. Another victim was punched in the face.

The shooting in the upscale Seaport following the graduation ceremony of a Boston Public School at the Institute of Contemporary Art shocked residents of the city.

It took place in broad daylight outside a parking garage right near the ICA. The victim had just graduated, wearing her cap and gown, and the shooting suspect is still at large.

Police say there was a dispute that led up to the shooting but didn’t offer many other details for motive.

When a kid gets shot after her high school graduation in broad daylight, something is amiss.

And when you see Police Commissioner Michael Cox and Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden at a crime scene, it doesn’t instill confidence.

And while it’s true that homicides are down in Boston, that doesn’t tell the whole picture. Violent crime incidents lead to a perception that Boston is a crime zone.

Does anyone feel safe walking across Boston Common or deserted Downtown Crossing? How safe is it on the T?

Wu needs to address these questions or risk seeing Boston become another city that people avoid.

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