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Charlotte Homicide Rate Continues To Rise

map indicating location of homicides in Charlotte in 2017.
Charlotte Observer

We’re 23 weeks into 2017 and already, Charlotte has experienced 38 murders.  CMPD says it’s doing what it can to quell this senseless violence including seizing weapons off the street and working in hot spots, and yet, the homicides continue.  Host Mike Collins and guests take a look at that and the numbers for murders in cities across the country.

Charlotte’s homicide rate continues to rise. 

In 2017, we’ve experienced 38 murders as of this past weekend.  CMPD says it’s doing what it can to combat the problem by working in hot spots, seizing weapons off the street and focusing on repeat offenders but still, the murder rate continues to climb.  

Are we atypical or part of a nationwide pattern?  Mike Collins and guests take a  look at that, and at what police departments around the country are doing to keep their murder rates in check.

WFAE's map of Charlotte homicides and information about victims

Guests:

Dr. Michael Turner, professor and chair, Dept. of Criminal Justice & Criminology at UNC Charlotte. 

Darrel Stephens, executive director, Major Cities Chiefs Association; former chief of police for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (1999-2008)

Judy Williams, co-founder of Mothers of Murdered Offspring (MoMO)

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