Byron Brown’s Buffalo – Unsolved Homicides
2012 was another grim year for homicide as Buffalo saw 48 people violently murdered, including 3 within six months and a block of each other in the University district. The person (persons) responsible for gunning down Samantha Cothran, an aspiring pharmacist, and Shameeka Harris, a mother of 4, have yet to be caught.
In fact, no arrests have been made for 33 of the 48 homicides in Buffalo, a clearance rate of just 27%. Nationwide the average is about 65%.
Why is Buffalo so bad at solving homicides? Our elected officials dish up the usual; Black community won’t “squeal”, people are afraid of retribution, etc. Serious concerns, but a rumor going around might give a little more in sight into the dismal rate at which homicides are being solved.
Is the austerity plan Byron Brown has chosen for the City of Buffalo affecting the ability of the police to do their job? According to the rumor, Byron has had Detectives pulled from investigation to man patrol cars, leaving the homicide division seriously under staffed.
2012 - 48 homicides, 13 cleared. 27%
2011 - 34 homicides, 15 cleared. 44%
2010 - 55 homicides, 22 cleared. 40%
2009 - 60 homicides, 26 cleared. 43%
2008 - 27 homicides, 15 cleared. 55%
2007 - 55 homicides, 21 cleared. 38%
I would like to thank Erie County Legislature Betty Jean Grant for being the only public official to speak out about violent crime in the University District and the rest of Buffalo. Her committee that will focus on ways to stem the rising tide of violence in Buffalo is appreciated, as is her speaking out on the issue.
Needless to say, Mayor Byron Brown and University District Councilwoman Bonnie Russell were conspicuously absent from Betty Jean’s news conference and they have made little attempt to reach out to the public for answers/solutions.