Killings way down, ‘baddest of bad’ locked up

San Francisco’s homicides are down by more than 50 percent, Lt. John Murphy told the Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee meeting Monday.

“As of today, the homicides in 2007 totaled 87, in 2008 89, and today year-to-date in 2009 is 39,” Murphy said.

Shootings that don’t result in a death are also down. Between January and September there were 114 incidents of nonfatal shootings and 146 non-fatally shot, down from 150 gun shot victim survivors in 2008 and 230 in 2007, during the same time in those years.

“Many of the baddest of the bad, so to speak, are in custody now and their cases are coming to trial, and we are seeing that these individuals that wreaked havoc in 2005 and 2006 and 2007, they are now in custody, their cases are coming to trial and they are being convicted by the juries of San Francisco,” Murphy said.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi praised the results.

“The Police Department, in concert with community, is starting to show what the right strategies are,” Mirkarimi said. “We can only hope that that really sustains itself. I think it surprises a lot of people. With the economic downturn nationally predictions were that there might be the opposite effect and crime might actually be higher.”

 

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