Detroit’s Plan to Cut Gun Violence

Have you been waiting for the Detroit mayor to roll out a plan to decrease gun violence after last year’s homicide rate landed above 400?

Shocking Numbers

When we rang in 2013, here at the David J. Kramer Law Firm, we shared with you some shocking numbers. Numbers like Detroit’s rate of homicides per 100,000 residents was 53 and when you compare it to New York City’s which is 5 per 100,000, you realize how big that number truly is. Or another number in 2012 when Detroit had 411 homicides and 333 were shootings.

While Detroiters are some of the strongest people out there, the toll that this violence has taken on our city is shocking. Back in January, budget cuts loomed over our heads with even less police on the streets and the mayor was calling on the people to help.

Detroit One

The mayor is no longer just asking for the help of the people. Today, the Detroit Free Press published an article breaking down the mayor’s plan to cut the city’s gun related violence 25% by the end of the year which is called Detroit One. He plans to do this with a three-pronged system. This system is modeled after a program that reduced homicides from 479 in the 1990s to 88 in 2012 in Washington DC.

  1. First, they plan to target chronic offenders by sharing information with different agencies such as the Michigan State Police, FBI, and, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
  2. Next, is to promote city-wide investigations.
  3. Last, is adding a prosecutor from the U.S Attorneys offices to every Detroit Precinct. This prosecutor will be available at all hours of the day and night.

In addition to the 3-pronged system, the Detroit Free Press reported,

Also pledging support was the regional head of the FBI and the State Police, who soon will assign 13 newly graduated troopers to the city, adding to the 12 who began patrolling Detroit last year, State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said. Bing said the effort would not cost any city funds and so Detroit’s emergency financial manager would not object.”

What Do You Think?

Do you think this new model will be enough to make Detroit a safer city? By targeting individual is the mayor infringing on their rights as U.S Citizens? What do you think of the mayor saying that the model won’t cost Detroit anything?

I would love to hear your thoughts. I’ll meet you in the comment section.