Sunday, December 30, 2007
Year Of Violence Continues In Indy
A 25-year-old Indianapolis man was found shot to death in an eastside neighborhood yesterday. Police arrested a man yesterday who is suspected of killing a 48-year-old woman and then dumping her nude body on the city's near northside. It's a continuation of what has been another year of an excessive amount of violent crime here in Indianapolis. By one count, there have been 122 murders to date in the city this year. That's well below the number of homicides last year and an all-time record of 162 homicides set back in 1998 when Steve Goldsmith was mayor and Scott Newman, the man chosen by Mayor-elect Greg Ballard to be the city's new Public Safety Director, was county prosecutor. Indianapolis' murder rate had steadily fallen beginning in 1999 until it shot up last year to 153 homicides. Do murder rates run in cycles like the weather, or are they more directly related to the performance of the persons in charge of law enforcement efforts? It seems when the crime rates are falling, the answer is the guys in charge are doing a good job. If the crime rates are on the rise, the folks in charge typically attribute it to a natural wave nationally or blame it on a bad economy.