WCTI: Kinston Crime Wave-More Officers On The Way

By Jon Erickson / Reporter

LENOIR COUNTY — More officers will patrol neighborhoods.

Those officers will talk to more people who are congregating along the streets.

And eleven police officers will be added to the ranks of the Kinston Department of Public Safety in the months to come.

Those are some of the points offered by Kinston leaders after a Monday morning shooting death marked the city’s fourth homicide in less than three weeks; a 28-year-old man, Tracy Grady, was found bleeding in the street Monday morning near the intersection of Wilson and Eastover Avenues.

Mayor BJ Murphy called an afternoon press conference where he said the recent violence is “shameful and nothing but pure evil.”

Both Murphy and Bill Johnson, the city’s public safety director, said they see criminals frequently checking in-and-out of jail.

Murphy said that the convicts’ punishments are not curbing their “criminal habits.”

But both Murphy and Johnson said prescribing the punishment for arrestees is outside of the power of the Department of Public Safety.

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