Police chief asks community to help amid high homicide rates
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The police chief of Alabama’s capital city is asking the community and the city’s apartment complexes to help tackle the most violent year the city has seen since at least the early 1970s.
“Enough is enough,” Montgomery Police Chief Ernest Finley said during a Monday news conference, two days after the city’s homicide count for the year reached 63. It has been the deadliest year Montgomery has endured for nearly five decades, according to figures from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
There are 13 different apartment complexes in the city where a homicide happened this year, Finley said. Most don’t have security, he said, and seven don’t have a camera system.
“I need help from these complexes, their managers and the community,” the Montgomery Advertiser quotes him as saying. “In order for us to help the community, I’m pleading for them to step it up and for us to work together.”
He said gangs and joblessness caused by the coronavirus pandemic are factors in the rising homicide rate. To tackle the issue, he said the police force is increasing patrols and partnering with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department to expand programs in community centers.