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Milwaukee County on track to record 70% increase in homicides, Medical Examiner says

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Posted at 8:38 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 21:38:36-05

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County is on track to record a 70 percent spike in homicides, 30 percent increase in fatal overdoses and a 26 percent increase in fatal auto accidents.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office released the data in a Twitter post Tuesday afternoon, comparing this year's increase in fatal incidents to last year's.

The city and the county have already surpassed the record of homicides this year, last set in 1991.

The debate continues on how best to decrease the grim numbers in our area.

On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Common Council rejected a grant that would have increased the police force by 30 positions. While some say a larger police force will be better positioned to prevent homicides and other fatal incidents, others point to police reform and a larger response by social services and related methods.

Then there is the issue of access to hard drugs that lead to overdoses, and the conditions that may lead to deadly accidents - issues that have only gotten worse in many cities across the country this year.

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