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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 4, 2005

City looking for answers about how to lower homicide rate

Following the city’s 96th homicide of the year, Councilman Alvin Brooks, 6th District at large, announced Tuesday that a resolution will be introduced Thursday, Oct. 6, at the City Council’s Legislative Session to appoint a commission to study Kansas City’s escalating homicide rate.

“In response to the violence our city has experienced, I will be introducing a resolution to the City Council for immediate adoption to appoint a commission to analyze, within the next 90 days, homicides and assaults with weapons in Kansas City, Mo.,” Brooks said.

The purpose of the commission will be to determine efforts that can prevent and intervene in this cycle. The commission will focus on causes and possible solutions that can be recommended for implementation by the City of Kansas City, Mo., and other stakeholders. The composition of the commission will be listed in the resolution.

“As of Tuesday, Kansas City has experienced 96 homicides this year, compared to 91 for the entire year of 2004. Also on Tuesday, the Jackson County Prosecutor filed first-degree murder and armed criminal action charges against a suspect in the brutal murder of 12-year-old Dominique Henderson which occurred in May,” Brooks said.

    
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