Friday, August 22 2014 5:29 AM EDT2014-08-22 09:29:14 GMT
The streets of Ferguson have been peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions have been subsiding in the St. Louis suburb where unrest had erupted for several nights after a white police officer fatally...More >>
The streets of Ferguson were peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions were subsiding in the St. Louis suburb where unrest had erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.More >>
The Chief of the Birmingham Police Department has issued a statement concerning the recent upswing in homicides in the city.
Since last Wednesday, Birmingham police officers have investigated a total of seven homicides.
Police Chief A.C. Roper released this statement on Monday afternoon:
"We are extremely concerned about this recent rash of homicides. It's unconscionable that we could go 10 days without a single homicide and then experience so many over the last week. We examine each incident for commonalities and variables. However, these recent cases appear to have no connections in any manner. For the most part, they do appear to be acquaintance based which makes them more difficult to prevent. In fact, several occurred inside residences or away from public view. "
"We have experienced tremendous success over the last 6 years in lowering our homicide rate but we realize there is much work to be done as a community. It will take much more than the police department to overcome the challenges and socioeconomic factors that influence crime. We have adjusted our personnel resources during critical hours but will still need community support and involvement to have the greatest impact. We realize that at the end of the day, there is no substitute for personal responsibility. So as a department we will do everything we can to hold the perpetrators accountable and bring them to justice."
During the past week, the Birmingham Police Department has investigated the following homicide cases:
Sunday, June 23 at 8:30 p.m. at 136 59th Street North: A co-worker and neighbor found Katie Mae Lucas, 46, unresponsive in her apartment. Birmingham Fire and Rescue crews pronounced her dead on the scene.
Authorities roped off the area with crime scene tape on Monday afternoon and are still trying to determine if the case is a suicide or a homicide. One person has been taken in for questioning as a person of interest in the case.