Detroit’s Mayor Dave Bing called on city residents to help confront a significant increase in the city’s homicides at a press conference to report 2012 crime statistics on Thursday morning.
“It’s not a situation myself, [Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager] Roy [Roberts] or the chief can fix by ourselves,” he said. “We’ve got to reach out to our entire community.”
Detroit police officials put the total number of homicide deaths in 2012 at 411 — an increase of more than nine percent over 2011. Of that number police classified 386 as criminal homicides and 25 as justifiable.
Detroit recorded 377 total homicides in 2011 and 327 in 2010, according to police statistics.