Group claims Little Rock's homicides are not being solved fairly
A group dedicated to ending violence in Little Rock claims the city's homicides are not being solved fairly.
Currently, 21 of Little Rock's 39 homicides remain unsolved.
Stop the Violence sent out a statement Monday condemning the city's 39th homicide, but they then turned their attention toward the work police are doing to solve them.
"...We would like to express our frustration and disappointment with the LRPD regarding homicide clearance rates. It seems like homicides are solved based on location of the crime and status of the victim. We call on our city leaders to require our police department to change this disturbing trend,” the statement said.
Channel 7 News mapped all of the city's 39 homicides and took a look at exactly where homicides were solved versus unsolved. The solved are in red. The unsolved are in light blue. The unsolved homicides were spread out all over the city.
Lt. Steve McClanahan of the Little Rock Police Department says they give the same effort to every single homicide case they work and for anyone to say otherwise is simply false.
"We don't work any cases based on location. Race, wealth, status, sexual orientation, none of that factors into our homicide investigation. That's just not accurate and I'm disappointed that was said,” McClanahan said.
McClanahan says the solving of homicides only happens with good information and when witnesses talk. He points to the quick solving last week of the murder of an Italian tourist. McClanahan says there was simply good information given by witnesses and good leads to follow.
"We want to bring closure to the families and to the loved ones of homicide victims, but in order to do so, we have to have people who are willing to work and cooperate with us, but we never stop working cases until we bring justice and closure to the family,” he said.