Detroit: With Fewer Police and Rising Crime, "Justifiable Homicides" Soar

By:  James Heiser
02/06/2012
       
Detroit: With Fewer Police and Rising Crime, "Justifiable Homicides" Soar

Living in a city with a substantially diminished police force, a growing number of the residents of Detroit, Michigan, have decided that they can take a “bite out of crime” all on their own, and are using firearms in self-defense to protect themselves from the burgeoning ranks of violent criminals.

 

Living in a city with a substantially diminished police force, a growing number of the residents of Detroit, Michigan, have decided that they can take a “bite out of crime” all on their own, and are using firearms in self-defense to protect themselves from the burgeoning ranks of violent criminals.

Detroit citizens find themselves increasingly left to see to their own defense, as the city’s leadership proves itself to be out of touch with the dangers that face residents every day. A Detroit News article (“Detroit goes vigilante”) highlighted the purported “spin” by Ralph Godbee, Jr. (photo), the city’s police chief:

There is a troubling contradiction in the crime stats announcement by Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. The city experienced a 12 percent increase in homicides from 2010 to 2011, he said, but recorded an overall decrease in serious crime.
 
I wasn't sure whether he considered murder a serious crime, whether something was lost in translation, or there is a credibility gap in Chief Godbee's crime statistics. The chief would have you believe his department is taking a huge bite out of crime. …
 
Last year's jump in homicides — from 308 victims in 2010 to 344 in 2011 — was no surprise. Detroit has held — or nearly held — the dubious distinction of "murder capital" every year since the mid-1970s. And the chief appeared to gloss over the fact there were also 1,252 nonfatal shootings last year. But these, I suppose, were not "serious" shootings.

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