This past March marks a milestone moment in history for the city of Newark, as it was the first time in more than 40 years where the city was successful in dodging all incidence of homicide.
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According to Police Director Garry McCarthy, this past month was the longest span of time in which the city experienced no reported slays since 1966. While ten homicides have occurred in Newark since Jan. 1, none have taken place in the South Ward, which is believed to be city’s most dangerous section, McCarthy hopes the triumph over last month’s murder statistics will help re-establish Newark as a murder-free city.
Newark’s Mayor Cory Booker is thrilled about his city’s achievement as expressed on his Facebook page: “We did it! 1st calendar free month without a murder!”
Since Booker took office in 2006, murder rates and other crimes including shootings, aggravated assaults, robberies and carjacking have declined significantly.
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