Mindset must change to curb Detroit violence, McKinnon says - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Mindset must change to curb Detroit violence, McKinnon says

Posted: Updated:
  • Mindset must change to curb Detroit violence, McKinnon saysMore>>

  • Let It Rip: What's the solution to Detroit's violence problem?

    Let It Rip: What's the solution to Detroit's violence problem?

    Thursday, January 3 2013 11:30 PM EST2013-01-04 04:30:02 GMT
    Recently released numbers show there were over 400 homicides in Detroit during 2012.  What's the solution to the violence?  Huel Perkins discusses with Benny Napoleon, Jalal Malik-Ikram, John Bennett and Charlie Langton.
    Recently released numbers show there were over 400 homicides in Detroit during 2012.  So what's the solution to the violence?  Huel Perkins discusses with Benny Napoleon, Jalal Malik-Ikram, John Bennett and Charlie Langton.
  • LeDuff: To stop being America's deadliest city, Detroit needs a plan

    LeDuff: To stop being America's deadliest city, Detroit needs a plan

    Thursday, January 3 2013 10:38 PM EST2013-01-04 03:38:16 GMT
    In 2012, Detroit suffered its second deadliest year in its history when taking the size of its population into account.  We're going to need a plan.  We're going to need police, and we need a change.
    In 2012, Detroit suffered its second deadliest year in its history when taking the size of its population into account.  We're going to need a plan.  We're going to need police, and we need a change.
  • Feldman: Solution to Detroit's violence problem starts at home

    Feldman: Solution to Detroit's violence problem starts at home

    Thursday, January 3 2013 7:23 PM EST2013-01-04 00:23:37 GMT
    Detroit's crime problem may be part gun, part economy, part leadership or lack of leadership, but it's my view that the solution is right there behind our closed doors.
    Detroit's crime problem may be part gun, part economy, part leadership or lack of leadership, but it's my view that the solution is right there behind our closed doors with each and every one of us leading by example, teaching lessons of life and setting a standard.
  • Man calling on Bing to make safety his top priority

    Man calling on Bing to make safety his top priority

    Thursday, January 3 2013 7:22 PM EST2013-01-04 00:22:20 GMT
    Jalal Malik-Ikram with the group Mothers of Murdered Children is calling on Detroit Mayor Dave Bing to make more and better policing his top priority.
    Jalal Malik-Ikram with the group Mothers of Murdered Children is calling on Detroit Mayor Dave Bing to make more and better policing his top priority after numbers released Thursday showed there were over 400 homicides in the city during 2012.
  • Detroit tops 400 homicides in 2012

    Detroit tops 400 homicides in 2012

    Thursday, January 3 2013 6:57 PM EST2013-01-03 23:57:15 GMT
    Crimes stats released Thursday show a total of 411 homicides last year in the city of Detroit, up from 377 in 2011. The numbers include 386 criminal homicides and 25 justifiable homicides.
    Crimes stats released Thursday show a total of 411 homicides last year in the city of Detroit, up from 377 in 2011. The numbers include 386 criminal homicides and 25 justifiable homicides.
  • Bing press statement on 2012 crime statistics

    Bing press statement on 2012 crime statistics

    Thursday, January 3 2013 11:33 AM EST2013-01-03 16:33:24 GMT
    "The release of annual crime statistics reminds us of the senselessness of crime and violence in our community," Mayor Bing said.
    "The release of annual crime statistics reminds us of the senselessness of crime and violence in our community; the challenges facing our police force; and the need to improve conflict resolution and other anti-crime initiatives," Mayor Bing said.

By Taryn Asher
Fox 2 News


DETROIT (WJBK) -- Crime stats in Detroit are staggering.  Last year was the second deadliest year in the city's history.

"It's not shocking to be honest with you," former Detroit Police Chief Ike McKinnon remarked.

He says we didn't get here overnight, so don't expect a quick fix.  McKinnon blames the murder rate on a mindset.

"Changing a culture of violence of young people in which they don't care about taking someone's life.  The young people who are parents, who haven't changed, and they are making their young children do the same things, they're having them do the same things, so it's a scary state of affairs."

McKinnon, an education professor at U of D Mercy was the city's top cop back in the late nineties when there were more than 4,400 officers on the force.  Detroit is fighting crime now with half that number, but McKinnon believes police cannot solve this problem on their own.

"We have to look at what's happening with the family structure," he said.  "We have to look at in terms of what's happening with these children.  Why are they so violent?  Look at the drug situation and the faith-based issues that's happening in the city."

The Detroit Police Department has been criticized for not doing enough, but current chief Chester Logan feels the problem goes beyond the lack of cops and response.

"It lies with the press, it lies with the principal, it lies with the preacher, and it lies with the parent, so we have got to come together as a community and start to deal with this," he said.  "If I had a thousand more police officers, in the city of Detroit the way things are right now, I don't know what kind of impact that would have."

McKinnon says it's time for the community leaders to start leading, become mentors, teach the young people in Detroit not to solve their problems with guns and violence.  Until that mindset changes, nothing else will.

"We have to get serious about what's happening in the city."

McKinnon also says the current chief needs to be really visible right now, and another focus needs to be getting the most violent offenders off the streets and making guns less accessible.

  • Taryn AsherTaryn AsherMore>>

  • Community comes together to support slain Armada teen's family

    Community comes together to support slain Armada teen's family

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:55:10 GMT
    Nearly a week after 14-year-old April Millsap was found murdered in the small town of Armada, friends, family and even those who didn't know the young girl gather for music in the park - this time hoping for justice.They were there to help raise money to ease the burden on April's heartbroken mother."We're as well as can be expected," said aunt Sarah Lichtenfelt. "They are just grateful for all the prayers and support, that's all we ask is to keep praying for strength."In the middle of it all...
    Nearly a week after 14-year-old April Millsap was found murdered in the small town of Armada, friends, family and even those who didn't know the young girl gather for music in the park - this time hoping for justice.They were there to help raise money to ease the burden on April's heartbroken mother."We're as well as can be expected," said aunt Sarah Lichtenfelt. "They are just grateful for all the prayers and support, that's all we ask is to keep praying for strength."In the middle of it all...
  • Man accused of calling taxi to move a body

    Man accused of calling taxi to move a body

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:20:50 GMT
    A mother is struggling with the fact that her 21-year-old daughter lost her battle with drug addiction, and then she learns the despicable lengths two people went to get rid of her child's body.
    A mother is struggling with the fact that her 21-year-old daughter lost her battle with drug addiction, and then she learns the despicable lengths two people went to get rid of her child's body.
  • Renisha McBride's family leaves courtroom as photos are shown

    Renisha McBride's family leaves courtroom as photos are shown

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:29:16 GMT
    On day two of the trial for Renisha McBride's shooting death, the final hours of her life and the moments after her death were detailed in court. Thursday the jury heard what Ted Wafer, her accused killer, told police about the shooting that night.  
    On day two of the trial for Renisha McBride's shooting death, the final hours of her life and the moments after her death were detailed in court. Thursday the jury heard what Ted Wafer, her accused killer, told police about the shooting that night.  

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Community wants justice as investigation of Armada teen's murder continues

    Community wants justice as investigation of Armada teen's murder continues

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:40:23 GMT
    Wearing pink, the mother of 14-year-old April Millsap's boyfriend -- remembered the teen Thursday as the small village of Armada tries to cope."It's very hard, it's in such a spotlight, as a mom you don't think it's going to be like this," said Monique Albertson, mother of April Millsap's boyfriend. "Everyone is just hanging in there the best we can. It's overwhelming."Albertson, joining hundreds of people, police, classmates - most wearing pink which was April Millsap's favorite color."We're...
    Wearing pink, the mother of 14-year-old April Millsap's boyfriend -- remembered the teen Thursday as the small village of Armada tries to cope."It's very hard, it's in such a spotlight, as a mom you don't think it's going to be like this," said Monique Albertson, mother of April Millsap's boyfriend. "Everyone is just hanging in there the best we can. It's overwhelming."Albertson, joining hundreds of people, police, classmates - most wearing pink which was April Millsap's favorite color."We're...
  • Romulus cop in hot water after road rage incident

    Romulus cop in hot water after road rage incident

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:47:41 GMT
    An off duty Romulus police officer is facing felony charges in connection with a road rage incident.Officer David Brooks is facing felonious assault and felony firearms charges after an investigation by Van Buren Township detectives.According to the report, police responded to a road rage incident between two trucks on I-94 in Belleville on May 29th.Van buren police pulled one of the trucks over which was driven by Brooks, and found a loaded handgun in the car.Brooks was released on personal ...
    An off duty Romulus police officer is facing felony charges in connection with a road rage incident.Officer David Brooks is facing felonious assault and felony firearms charges after an investigation by Van Buren Township detectives.According to the report, police responded to a road rage incident between two trucks on I-94 in Belleville on May 29th.Van buren police pulled one of the trucks over which was driven by Brooks, and found a loaded handgun in the car.Brooks was released on personal ...
  • SOURCES: Detroit Tigers acquire pitcher David Price

    SOURCES: Detroit Tigers acquire pitcher David Price

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:46:10 GMT
    The Tigers have acquired pitcher David Price from the Rays in a three-team trade that reportedly involves the Mariners, according to reports. The clubs have not commented on or confirmed the report.  Jackson goes to Mariners; Smyly, Franklin also involved in three-way deal
    The Tigers have acquired pitcher David Price from the Rays in a three-team trade that reportedly involves the Mariners, according to reports. The clubs have not commented on or confirmed the report.  Jackson goes to Mariners; Smyly, Franklin also involved in three-way deal
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices