Heaney discusses homicides on WGRZ

Jim Heaney tells Kelly Dudzik of WGRZ that Buffalo police have a poor track record of clearing homicides – generally solving a quarter to a third of murders in recent years. Departments nationally clear about 60 percent of homicides.

Heaney’s comments were made in the context of plans announced by Common Council President Darius Pridgen to launch a newsletter that will feature murder victims. Pridgen, pastor of True Bethel Baptist Church, hopes the newsletter and a digital companion will help in some way to solve murders.

Heaney and Steve Brown of WGRZ did stories in March of this year and February 2015 on the city’s inability to solve homicides. Mayor Byron Brown and the Council’s Police Oversight Committee have failed to adequately address the problem.