Homicide http://michiganradio.org en Group calls Michigan's African-American homicide rate a public health crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/group-calls-michigans-african-american-homicide-rate-public-health-crisis <p>African-Americans in Michigan are murdered at one of the highest rates in the nation. That's according to a study from the<a href="http://www.vpc.org/"> Violence Policy Center.</a></p><p></p><p>The Center says 31 of every 100,000 black Michiganders was a homicide victim in 2011. That's twice the national rate for blacks and seven times the rate for Americans overall.</p><p></p><p>Josh Sugarmann is the Center's executive director. He says this is part of a public health crisis in America.</p><p></p> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 18:59:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16182 at http://michiganradio.org Murders in Flint down more than 20 percent this year http://michiganradio.org/post/murders-flint-down-more-20-percent-year <p>Flint has seen a drop of more than 20 percent in the number of murders this year compared to last year's all-time high of 67.</p><p>Unless there is a new murder on New Year's Eve, Flint will close 2013 with 52 homicides. That is the lowest number since 2009.</p><p>James Tolbert is Flint's chief of police. He attributed the decrease to increased patrolling, use of data to target hot spots of criminal activity, and increased arrests of those with outstanding warrants.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:03:54 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15850 at http://michiganradio.org Murders in Flint down more than 20 percent this year