I woke up to this headline: Man, 19, killed in West Akron shooting, adding to record year for killings
And then the article is mostly spent trying to unwind how Akron defines a murder compared to a homicide.
That's the plan in Akron Ohio. If you don't like the statistics just confuse people. (We have also invented an Akron-only way to grade our schools so they don't look so faily.)
This is exactly how you can tell your dear leader, Dan Horrigan, is completely in over his head.
The highest murder rate EVER does not happen in a vacuum. You can't explain it away with the condescending quip, "kid's these days."
Murders are going up because the street is taking charge. The street is taking charge because the city is failing the communities.
Look at where we are right now in Akron:
We are being lead kamikaze-style right into the ground by a mayor who has no idea what to do.
His "plan" is to let people build tax-free houses and somehow magically get his population to 250,000 people. I assume that he thinks he can turn Akron into a large Medina and gentrify all the poor people to somewhere that isn't his problem.
The majority of Akronites have no hope. They are living in the Hunger Games while a few people on the west side are merrily and ignorantly carrying on like everything is great.
Akron is a hope-free zone for most people. It's every man, woman and child for themselves.
Until there is hope there will be MORE drugs, MORE murders, MORE crime.