Detroit police are in a race with one of the nation's worst homicide rates, and it's hard not to fall behind, NPR reports. In 2012, Detroit barely cleared 1 murder in 10. The city was on the verge of bankruptcy then. They're pushing the rate up now. One way to do that is to mine cold cases. Sgt. Mike Russell has one like that on his desk right now, from 1979. Under federal rules, police get credit for the clearance in the year they solve the murder, not the year the crime was committed.
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