Detroit police are touting an achievement the department says is the first of its kind in months: No homicides or non-fatal shootings in 36 hours.
In a news release, police also said the city is experiencing a year-to-date decrease in homicides and non-fatal shootings compared to 2012.
Today’s announcement came after several weeks of bloodshed in the city.
According to police, 308 homicides have occurred so far this year, which officials say is a 13% decrease from the same time last year. Likewise, police say there have been 1,084 non-fatal shootings, down nearly 6% compared to last year.
“We can directly attribute this decline to the dedication of the hardworking men and women of this department and the continuing assistance of the citizens of this great city,” the news release said.
Police also released statistics from specialized units. According to police:
The Gang Intelligence Surveillance Transit unit, which began operations Oct. 28, has made 20 felony and 11 misdemeanor arrests and confiscated two long guns, five handguns and 169 grams of marijuana.
The Vice squad, which became fully operational Nov. 4, has made four felony and 34 misdemeanor arrests and recovered one AK-47, one shot gun and 247 grams of marijuana.
The Tactical Response Unit, which was deployed to the Northwestern District on Monday, has made five felony arrests and recovered five handguns.Celebrating a day and a half without a homicide or a non-fatal shooting is a step in a positive direction for the overwhelmingly black city of Detroit; actually, it's a step in the direction of civilization.
This story is representative of the type of society the 19-year-old black female Renisha McBride calls home; this story, celebrating the type of civil behavior required for society to properly function, should be the only evidence required to exonerate Mr. Wafer from his charges