New Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields declared last Friday at her first press conference that she is committed “to clean up this violent crime.” She is referring to the fact that in 2016 Atlanta’s murder rate soared to be the deadliest in a decade. The city recorded 111 murders – and that number, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, is a 39 percent increase from when Mayor Kasim Reed took office in 2009.
In fact, Atlanta’s homicide rate has jumped 17 percent since 2015. “We’re developing new strategies to deal with the rise in murders, carjackings… crimes that shake the public’s confidence,” the mayor says. However, Shields was short on details.
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