A recent article at the Detroit Free Press discussed the decrease in violent crimes across the nation, particularly in Detroit and Flint in 2014. Both known for a higher rate of violent crimes including rapes, robberies, and homicides, it seems that the numbers have decreased somewhat, which is good. However, among the largest cities in the nation Detroit still remains near the top of the list when it comes to murder and homicide offenses.
Chicago has an extremely high murder rate with approximately 15 homicides per 100,000 residents in 2014. Although Chicago has more than 2.7 million residents – about four times the population of Detroit – our city still experiences about 44 homicides per 100,000 residents, nearly three times the number of homicides per 100,000 residents in Chicago. This is unfortunate, but hopefully the statistics will improve over the next few years. So far in 2015, there had been 221 homicides as of the end of September, the same number as during the same time period in 2014.
It isn’t really clear how many homicides occurred in Detroit in 2014, as the FBI reported 298 between 2013 and 2014, while the figure reported by the Detroit Police Department was 332. In Flint, the news is good as homicides dropped nearly to half of what they were in 2013 in 2014, from 48 to 28. Unfortunately, 2015 has seen a rise in homicides in Flint with 43 murders as of September 28. Many law enforcement personnel suspect that drugs and retaliation are at least partly responsible for the rise in homicide crimes.
A new federal initiative to reduce crime has been announced recently; this initiative is known as the Violence Reduction Network, and includes such cities as Detroit, Flint, Newark, NJ, Compton, CA, and West Memphis and Little Rock, AR. Hopefully next year the state of Michigan will see a substantial reduction in the number of violent crimes, particularly in high-crime areas such as Detroit and Flint.
Anyone who is accused of murder, rape, robbery, or any crime regardless of how minor or serious it may seem must consult with a seasoned Michigan criminal defense attorney. Police are often relentless when it comes to interrogations, and often get innocent people to admit to crimes they did not commit. Your legal rights may be violated. Your lawyer will work to protect your rights and freedom, and obtain good results so that you can avoid damaging and often life-changing consequences.