Detroit reports 23 more homicides in the third quarter compared with the same period last year, a 31 percent increase, says the Detroit News, The latest crime figures show a nearly 19 percent hike in murders so far over 2010, with 301 homicides citywide through Sunday. the department is having “a bear of a time getting our arms around” the widespread number of guns in the city, resulting in more violent conflicts, said Police Chief Ralph Godbee. Some homicides involved suspects who were on probation, said Inspector Dwane Blackmon.
Last summer, a crime wave gripped the city, with at least 38 people shot and eight killed from June 21 to Aug. 21 in one zip code. To some city residents, suspects on probation who are committing other crimes reflects a need for changing the culture of the city, including cooperating with police officers and being more proactive when it comes to watching out for their neighbors.