Cleveland Homicides ‘Out of Control’

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CLEVELAND — It’s been a busy few months for Cleveland homicide detectives. So far this year, the city has investigated 19 murders, which is more than they have had for the same time frame in the last five years.

“It’s out of control,” said Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed. “There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. The number is increasing. Nineteen. I am concerned.”

Reed even addressed the concerns during Monday’s regular council meeting.

“At this time right now we have had more homicides in the city of Cleveland than we had at this time in the last five years,” Reed told council.

He believes city officials need to begin having discussions to find a way to reduce the number of deadly shootings, and added that many of the homicide victims are young African-American males.

“This has to stop,” Reed said.

He said he will be organizing an event in June, the week before Father’s Day, and will be asking all men to join him.

“We need to all go to City Hall and stand on the steps of City Hall and let them know we need to address this issue,” Reed said.

Cleveland Safety Director Michael McGrath said the police department is doing their best to deal with the homicide issues, but they need the entire community’s involvement to help reduce violent crime.