More Baltimore families wait for murder cases to be solved


    More Baltimore families wait for murder cases to be solved

    BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Baltimore city murders may have declined in 2018, but the percentage of cases homicide detectives are solving also dropped.

    For 28 months, Mike Makel has been waiting for a phone call from police, that his son’s murder has been solved. Mike Makel, Jr. was killed in North Baltimore on October 30th, 2019.

    “We still aren’t any closer to finding the people who are responsible for his murder than when it actually happened,” Makel said.

    In 2018, more cases joined the list of those Baltimore homicide detectives have not closed. While the homicide clearance rate was 51.3%

    In 2017, the rate dropped to 43.4% in 2018.

    The new acting commissioner of Baltimore Police, Michael Harrison says more staffing, better training, and more cooperation with the public are key to increasing the homicide clearance rate. However, Harrison’s previous police department in New Orleans also saw a decrease in homicide clearance rates, dropping from 50.3% in 2017 to 44.5% in 2018.

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