What’s Behind the Increase in Charlotte Murders This Year?

It’s within a subculture of the population that has violence as a legitimate means to resolve conflicts,” said UNC Charlotte Criminal Justice Professor Dr. Paul Friday

From http://www.wcnc.com by Glenn Counts, April 27, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It was a bloody week and it has been a violent year in Charlotte. Early Friday morning two men were killed in the University area during what Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say was an apparent robbery.

They were the second and third victims of the week. On Monday a man was robbed and killed over his car.

The most recent figures released by the department show that so far this year there have been 16 murders compared to nine at the same point last year.

“It’s within a subculture of the population that has violence as a legitimate means to resolve conflicts,” said UNC Charlotte criminal justice professor Dr. Paul Friday.

Dr. Friday has studied many of the issues associated with Charlotte’s criminal justice system and he thinks we may be seeing something different in the community with this spike.

“The homicide rate went down because the drug market got controlled…This spike could be a normal trend or it could be a change in the drug market,” said Dr. Friday.

Since CMPD went to the comparable statistics method of policing, there has been a significant drop in crime.  This year there has been a reversal, but Dr. Friday doesn’t think police can do much more.

“They can’t be everywhere and this is person to person and it’s over small things, usually, money, sex or children,” said Dr. Friday.

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