Cleveland mayor, police emphasize community tips in solving homicides

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CLEVELAND– Mayor Frank Jackson and Police Chief Calvin Williams provided an update on a recent investigation and announced a tip line during a news conference Thursday.

Both men thanked members of the community for coming forward with information on the shooting of a 4-year-old boy. U.S. Marshals arrested the second suspect Thursday morning in Alabama.

Jackson also pointed out there have been 70 murders in the city this year. He called the 47 percent solve rate “unacceptable.” That’s compared to 61 homicides at this point last year.

“There is not were we want to be as a city,” Williams said. “Not just in the number of homicides, but, of course, in that solve rate also. We definitely want to solve 100 percent of the homicides and other violent crimes that happen in the city. But that only happens with a lot of dedicated work from police officers, detectives and our partners. But also with the community and the tips we receive from the community in solving these crimes.”

To help with that, Williams said an anonymous tip line will launch Sunday. It will be 216-664-3673. Detectives will be able to take a dozen calls at that number at a time.

Two other phone banks are also planned for Sunday August 20th and Sunday August 27th from 2-6 p.m.

He said no bit of information is too small.

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