Murder rate drops for EBR parish
BATON ROUGE- The murder rate in East Baton Rouge parish has dropped, according to authorities.
The number of murders that happened in 2013 were 65. In 2014, that number went down to 63.
Some city leaders are saying they believe that the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination team, or BRAVE, is largely responsible for the decrease. But some people who live in the communities The BRAVE Team frequents said they think the numbers could be even lower.
"I just think that it's not enough communication on both sides. They (police) might be afraid of us and we're apprehensive of them because of past events," said Edward Kornbacher.
City officials said they recognize the divide.
"We as law enforcement, as prosecutors, and courts have to do a better job with legitimizing what we do to let the people know that we do things for the right reason and they have to see that and they have to feel it," said District Attorney Hillar Moore.
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