Mayor: ‘Immediate action’ planned to address sharp rise in Baton Rouge homicides

Several city-parish leaders today announced new initiatives aimed at tamping down homicides, which the interim police chief said have increased by 100% so far in 2017 compared to the same time last year.

“We are very cognizant of this rise” in violent crime, Mayor Sharon Weston Broome said at a press conference at City Hall. “Our goal and our commitment is certainly to work together to take immediate action.”

There have been 57 homicides so far in 2017, compared to around 22 homicides at this point last year, said interim BRPD Chief Jonny Dunnam. Law enforcement leaders said domestic violence and other violent crimes had also ticked up this year.

BRPD has increased its policing activity throughout the city, Dunnam said. He also called on residents to come forward with any information about killings.

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