I've never bought the argument that the Mayor or IMPD's policies actually have much of an effect on crime rates. But when a Mayor claims credit for crime going down, he or she has to take the blame when crime goes up. Candidate Ballard ripped Mayor Peterson for a high homicide rate, but when it comes to crime on his watch, he wants to use a more narrow category such as "criminal homicide" or "murder."
Note: Another homicide was added by Bartlies this morning to bring the total to 80:
Averaging 1 homicide every 2.96 days
Expect 123 to die by year's end
■Aug 19, 2011 @ 9841 Gatewood Ct
Toddler dies of blunt force trauma. Coroner rules dead a homicide