Fri Jan 4, 2013, 10:11 PM
UnrepentantLiberal (11,700 posts)
'We've lost respect for life': Detroit records deadliest year in decades
Source: NBC News
A dwindling population -- 706,585 people in 2011, according to the U.S. Census estimate -- and the rise in homicides combined to Detroit’s murder rate among the highest in the nation, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Police Chief Chester Logan announced at a press conference.
“We’ve just lost respect for each other; we’ve lost respect for life,” Bing said. “I don’t want to say that you can forget about this generation or the generation before us, but if we’re going to solve the problem, we’ve got to get into the heads and the minds and the hearts of our young people, and it’s going to take all of us to do that.”
Detroit’s total of 411 homicides in 2012, up from 377 the previous year, includes 386 criminal homicides and 25 “justifiable homicides” that included three shootings by police, according to numbers released by the city. The number of criminal homicides increased 12 percent from 344 in 2011. The total in 2010 was 308.
Even as violent crime rates in the U.S. fell for the fifth consecutive year in 2011, the homicide rate in Detroit rose to a level higher than nearly 40 years ago when the city was known as the Murder Capital, the Detroit News reported. The same day the city's official crime statistics were announced, a Detroit woman was charged with fatally stabbing her 8-year-old daughter and a cab driver was killed in a double shooting on the city’s northwest side.
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'We've lost respect for life': Detroit records deadliest year in decades (Original post)
|Lurks Often||Jan 2013||#5|
Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)
Sat Jan 5, 2013, 11:32 AM
Lurks Often (3,018 posts)
5. Lack of jobs, a dwindling infrastructure, loss of services,
the police department no longer responding to some crimes.
There are parts of Detroit that have lost hope, most of the ones that could afford to leave already have.
And because of all of the above, few, if any companies are going to business in Detroit, which means fewer and fewer jobs, less revenue, which brings further reductions in services.
Detroit is in a downward spiral and there are other cities out there that probably aren't far behind.
Response to Lurks Often (Reply #5)
Sat Jan 5, 2013, 11:42 AM
Ash_F (4,298 posts)
6. Indeed, nobody is going to help Detroit from the outside.
They will be on their own to try to build their economy from within. I can see this happening to a lot of cities that are on the downslope or peaking.