Baton Rouge is fifth most violent city in America
Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden says he doesn't believe the city is near the top of the country's "Most Violent" list, but the FBI's crime numbers say it is.
"That's a matter of how you look at the numbers," said Holden. "We do not believe the numbers are accurate."
Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff says he won't comment on preliminary reports, like the FBI's crime statistics released Monday. But, with investigators piecing together the parish's 31st homicide of 2010, Holden isn't denying there are numbers.
"The crime that you see occurring is primarily two people who are friends, they get into an argument and they wanna pull out a weapon," said Holden. "That's not the type of crime that's raging across America."
Two council members, who represent the areas of Baton Rouge where violent crime is raging, say they've seen the city leaders' words turn into work. They think part of the problem is parents and the community. The mayor says that's where part of the solution also lies.
The Baton Rouge Police Department says it will address the crime stats when they become more official. The FBI's statistics are based on the amount of violent crimes, including murders, per one hundred thousand people.