Detroit Mayor on Surge of Homicides: “We’ve Had Enough of This”


At an end-the-violence event in Detroit this morning, Mayor Dave Bing had a message about the escalating violence in the city: “We’ve had enough of this.” The Detroit Free Press says Bing was among more than 30 local, state, and federal officials who met at a Detroit Police station. The session came after last week’s seven homicides that occurred over a 24-hour period. The homicides were part of an alarming trend in Detroit, which has seen a significant uptick in homicides. The city has recorded 230 homicides in 2011, compared to 190 at this time last year.

“I’m appalled as I read every morning the kind of crime committed by our young people,” Bing said. “There are more shootings going on than people realize. [ ] We have to be outraged.” While Bing noted that overall crime in Detroit is down 10 percent. “We can’t arrest our way out of this problem,” said U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, who echoed the theme of the day: Everyone in Detroit needs to chip in and help rid the city of crime. McQuade said federal gun prosecutions in metro Detroit were up 75 percent from 100 such cases in 2009 to 175 in 2010, with defendants getting between 30-year and 50-year prison sentences.

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