The crime rate in Detroit, MI has been the source of public outcry for over a year, especially given the number of innocent children who have fallen in the wake of the crime wave. Now police in Michigan are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who seemingly stepped off a bus from Georgia and just vanished, according to the Detroit Free Press.
James Wesley Johnson, 24, of Columbia County, Ga, took a bus from Georgia to Michigan on December 13, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. According to police, he arrived in Detroit and got off the bus, but that’s all they know. After that, what happened is anyone’s guess.
Police believe he was supposed to be meeting someone but have few clues about who he was meeting or why.
According to a report from the Detroit News on January 1st, “there were 332 criminal homicides in the city in 2013 as of 5:30 p.m.” Although this is certainly not a low murder rate, it is a far cry from the 942 homicides that the city saw in 992.
City leaders want people to acknowledge the decrease in homicides from last year, while also knowing that leaders will continue to put forth a concerted effort to lower the crime rate.
“We are not going to rest until people feel the reality of these numbers. It is day in and day out work, and I’m not going to let anybody working for me rest until that feeling is shared throughout the city,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.
“These numbers are not an accident,” said Police Chief James Craig, saying that his crime fighting tactics have been working.