John Lewis has been a Representative for Georgia’s 5th district for 28 years. The 5th district of Georgia, which is mostly the city of Atlanta, has seen 5,203 commissions of violent crime in 2015, with 94 murders, 170 rapes, almost 2,000 robberies, almost 3,000 aggravated assaults and 25,556 total property crimes according to the FBI.
Trump is right, Atlanta is crime-ridden.
But not only is Atlanta a pretty dangerous city, it has become more dangerous since it has become a major drug-trafficking hub for Mexican drug cartels. According to officials who talked with the Washington Post:
“Four rival cartels are battling for control: the Beltran Leyva; remnants of La Familia Michoacana; the Knights Templar, a splinter group of La Familia; and the Sinaloa.The cartels are running major meth labs within the city, when the cartels move in, violence follows.
Seizures of heroin in the city have increased 70 percent in the past two years and traffickers are selling a better quality of ‘Mexican Brown’ heroin to many who are already addicted to pharmaceutical painkillers, said Harry S. Sommers, the DEA’s special agent in charge of the Atlanta field division. The drug is now mostly being smoked or snorted, not injected by needle.
‘There’s not a significant difference between Oxycontin and heroin,” Sommers said. “Sometimes they give the heroin away at first and get people hooked on it.'”
What does all this have to do with John Lewis, the “icon” of the Edmund Pettus Bridge? A lot.