On Monday, police found a man dead on Cleveland’s east side. He marked the city’s 106th homicide of the year. Now, people are looking for answers.
So far in 2015, there have been four more unnatural deaths than last year’s total. Cleveland is already on track to end the year with homicide totals far surpassing those of the past five years.
Homicides in Cleveland have grown since 2010:
2010- 72 homicides
2011- 75 homicides
2012- 97 homicides
2013- 96 homicides
2014- 102 homicides
Violent crime has seen an uptick in Cleveland over the past two years. There’s been a 5.1 percent increase in rapes and a 23 percent increase in homicides. Robberies with a firearm are up by 11 percent.
Councilman Zack Reed used Monday’s Cleveland City Council meeting to speak about a plan he previously proposed.
Reed wants to use $1 million from the council’s “Rainy Day Fund” to put 14 more police officers on Cleveland streets every day for 180 days. He hopes the move would curb violence.
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