Over the past four years, police have cleared just 94 of the 646 shooting cases in Miami's inner-city, reports the Miami Herald, and the clearance rate has declined dramatically over that period. The numbers also show that arrests in murder cases have declined. Between January 2012 and Aug. 31, 282 people were killed citywide. Only 121, or 41 percent, of the cases have been cleared through an arrest.
The city's clearance rate for homicides has declined every year since 2010, when the clearance rate was 62 percent. In 2014, an arrest was made in one of every three murders, well below the national average of 64 percent. Police and crime experts give myriad reasons for the city's poor homicide-case clearances, including reticent witnesses and an overtaxed police force. But police also cite the politics of policing — strategic reassignments that backfired and police brass bending to what they perceive as political will.