Nov. 27 (UPI) -- On Tuesday afternoon, Detroit Police announced that one of the most violent cities in the U.S. will have something to be thankful for when residents are tucking into their turkeys and mashed potatoes while they watch the Lions play on Thursday.
“For the first time in months, the City of Detroit has seen its longest period of non-violence ... 36 hours of not one murder or one non-fatal shooting,” Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody said in a press release issued at 2:31 pm Tuesday. Given the timing of the release, that meant that the city had been violence-free since 2:31 am Monday.
“I think the longest period we’ve gone without any shootings or murders was 28 hours back in October,” Woody added.
According to the police, homicides are down 13 percent and there’s also been a 5.6 percent drop in non-fatal shootings in 2013.
“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,” Woody said.
At least one resident of the high-crime Martin Luther King Apartment complex was happy to hear about Tuesday’s good news.
“No shootings or murders in 36 hours? Amen. That’s a sign things might finally be changing. I like the new chief (James Craig), and the direction he’s taking, but I live in a neighborhood within a stone’s throw of downtown, and I still don’t see a change in my area,” said 39-year-old Sandrew King.
“It’s great that the homicide rate is down in the city overall, but I have to concern myself with my immediate area. It’s still bad here, but I do have hope that, with the new chief and new mayor-elect (Mike Duggan), that we’ll eventually see a greater change in the city.”
[The Detroit News]