Detroit police work to deal with recent violence - Fox 2 News Headlines

Detroit police work to deal with recent violence

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DETROIT -- Detroit police say a recent spate of violence has included 36 shootings and four slayings in the last week.
FOX 2's Amy Lange spoke with one of the victims who was shot, an 11-year-old girl. Click on the video player above to hear her story.
Assistant Police Chief Steve Dolunt said the city saw a "brutal weekend" starting Friday. Dolunt discussed the violence, which continued after the Memorial Day holiday, during a weekly meeting Wednesday on crime trends and strategies to address them, The Detroit News reported.

On Saturday May 24, the city of Detroit had 13 shootings, according to a DPD spokesman.

"We're doing what we can. Crime is down and we're making good arrests. But there's only so much the police can do," Dolunt said. "A lot of these shootings couldn't have been prevented. A lot of them happened inside houses, and we simply can't be inside everyone's home."
Dolunt said police are trying to balance being proactive while ensuring they aren't violating people's rights. He said several shootings were drug-related.
"In a lot of these cases, the victim tells us they just heard shots and felt pain," he said. "That usually means they're up to no good."
The violence comes as police say they're making progress in dealing with violent crime. The newspaper reported that, as of Wednesday, Detroit shootings were down 15 percent from the same period last year, from 425 to 361. Overall violent crime is down 10 percent in the period.

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