Homicides Spike in Baltimore But Police Clearance Rate Falls


BALTIMORE — Baltimore’s homicide rate continues to soar, but the police department’s clearance rate has declined over the past three months, the city’s acting police commissioner said Tuesday.

The clearance rate for the year to date is a little over 36 percent — a significant drop from April, when it was roughly 60 percent, Acting Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said at a news conference. But May saw the most severe homicide spike in decades, with 42 slayings in 31 days.

So far, July has seen 39 homicides. The total for the year so far is 182, a roughly 56 percent increase from this time last year.

Davis said he is confident that the clearance rate will climb, but that it is “not where we want it to be.”

“We’re at the end of July. It’s a hot summer and we’ve experienced an uptick in violence that has the community and…

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