NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Deadly gunfire, drug deals and assaults have created a lingering image for North Nashville, but its precinct commander Wednesday said crime numbers tell a different story.
Commander Terrence Graves told News 2 about a dramatic – over 50-percent drop – in homicides for his sprawling precinct that includes the historically African-American district of North Nashville.
“The murder on Cockrill Street last Sunday was the first one in the precinct in 80 days,” he told News 2. “We have not had a single homicide in our public housing projects and no juveniles have been murdered.”
The commander said that means “fewer people are being victimized” in his precinct.
“What we are trying to do is to reduce the number of victims,” he said.
Cmdr. Graves went on to say there are 12 percent fewer victims of violent crime in his precinct in numbers that have just come out.
“At this time last year we had 17 homicides in North Precinct. As of now we have had eight,” he said. “Last year we had juveniles that had been murdered. Again, so far no juveniles have been murdered.”
He added, “Even aggravated assault, which are about 40 to 50 percent domestic, we are down 12 percent, so I call that progress.”
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