Louisville mayor and police chief hit the streets amid rising homicide rate
Louisville Metro Police say one homicide is one too many. And so far this year, the city has seen 81 -- one more than all of 2015.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say one homicide is one too many. And so far this year, the city has seen 81 -- one more than all of 2015.
With that, the rising homicide rate was the topic of conversation as Mayor Greg Fischer and LMPD Chief Steve Conrad met up Tuesday night.
"It's so senseless," Mayor Fischer said. "That is the thing that bothers me."
"We talk so often about the numbers," Chief Conrad said. "Those were people, and they were loved, and they had families that will never have their loved ones back."
Both took part in a peace walk Tuesday through the Beechmont area.
"I take little comfort in knowing that just because it's happening in other places, it doesn't mean that it is OK here," Chief Conrad said.
In fact, similar cities to Louisville are facing what we are. Here is a break down on the numbers.
Homicides as of 8/5/16:
- Louisville (64)
- Milwaukee (77), Memphis (132), Indianapolis (65)
Homicides as of 9/6/16:
- Louisville (81)
- Milwaukee (102), Memphis (154), Indianapolis (75)
Conrad commented on LMPD's efforts to work with other cities, trying to gain any advantage to crack down on deadly crime.
"It's very similar to what we are doing and that is focusing on the people we believe are committing the vast majority of the criminal activity."
All the numbers we dug up are nothing compared to Chicago. Following a deadly Labor Day weekend, Chicago hit 500 homicides so far this year.
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