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Long and violent summer to come?

May 6, 2011 1 comment

Three dead, one critically wounded in DeKalb shooting and standoff  | ajc.com.

DeKalb police chase ends with suspect shooting himself  | ajc.com.

I went to bed and the last thing I saw was a story on the news about a suspect who robbed folks in Lithonia and at South DeKalb Mall. The suspect allegedly shot himself on Bouldercrest Road. I wake up this morning, and the first thing to greet me on the morning news was a stand-off between DeKalb SWAT and a suspect who had shot a couple of people. In the end three people would be dead. in a little over twelve hours, 4 people were dead, one critically injured and several people shaken up. All of this in a relatively small area in South DeKalb. I normally don’t comment about individual crimes, but two high profile crimes in such a short time is quite a feat even by South DeKalb standards. the saying “long, hot summer” could take on a whole new meaning this year

DeKalb murder rate drops | ajc.com

January 19, 2010 Comments off

DeKalb murder rate drops  | ajc.com.

Thanks to the AJC for covering this. Whenever DeKalb or Atlanta sees an uptick in crime, the local news media play it out for days on end. They analyze the numbers, and interview concerned citizens. But when there is a drop, it may get a quick mention and poof away it goes. Now, I must admit,  my gut is that crime in DeKalb is still a serious problem, but the fact that murder dropped 43 percent was a sign of progress. I hope that the new interim chief is not cooking the books. I also hope that they can maintain this success in 2010.

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