CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - According to the mid-year survey taken by the Major Cities Chiefs Association, Cleveland has the fifth highest murder rate in the country per capita.
Through the end of June Cleveland had 56 homicides this year, compared to 47 through June last year.
Cleveland 19 asked for updated numbers and was told by Cleveland Police there have have been 95 homicides for the week ending on Oct. 27, and 99 at the end of the Nov. 3 week.
"One homicide is not acceptable in this city let alone 95," said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.
Here are the top five cities with the highest murder rates:
- St. Louis 29.1 murders per 100,000 people
- Baltimore 27.3 murders per 100,000 people
- New Orleans 24.5 murders per 100,000 people
- Detroit 20.2 murders per 100,000 people
- Cleveland 14.5 murders per 100,000 people
As for placing fifth, Williams said, "The per capita measurement is slanted away from cities like Chicago that have a much higher population than Cleveland and much higher homicide numbers, because our homicides are spread throughout the city whereas the majority of those occurring in larger cities are concentrated in certain population areas such as the Southside."
Voters go to the polls in four days to decide who should be mayor.
Cleveland 19 asked both candidates for a response to the latest rankings.
Mayor Frank Jackson:
Councilman Zack Reed: