LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Since the start of 2019, there have been nine homicides in the City of Little Rock.
Wednesday, LRPD, and Mayor Frank Scott, Jr, addressed the spike in violence.
“I want to express deep concern and thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the victims of loss of life,” Mayor Scott said.
Interim Police Chief Wayne Bewley says most of the recent homicides are not random in nature. He says suspects have been arrested or identified in all the cases but one. The homicide of Wiley Carr on January 16th.
“Out of the nine homicides, five of them are domestic related. Three are disturbance related, two of the disturbance related, the victims and the suspects knew each other,” Bewley said.
When it comes to domestic cases, the police department says these crimes are hard to track.
“This is different. It often occurs in people’s homes and it makes it difficult for us to patrol and prevent,” Bewley said.
As of right now, there is no permanent police chief for the department. Mayor Scott says they are working to fill that position and will get help from the community.
“Once we have the three individuals that will make that cut, we will institute a community forum process as we’ve done in the past,” Scott said.
He says his team is working with deliberate haste to find the highest law enforcement officer for the City of Little Rock.
“We are going to work every day and every night to make certain that we’re the safest city, not only in this state but in this nation,” Scott said.
Mayor Scott says he will announce the top 10 list of candidates Thursday.
If you are a victim of domestic violence and need help, visit thehotline.org.