New stats show murder rate down, violent crime up

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - New crime numbers for the city of Memphis are out, and there is both good and bad news.

Records show murder is down, but violent crime is on the rise.

However, one Memphis family said these numbers aren't telling the real story.

Judy Pollard is so angry. She's upset her son was shot and killed Tuesday by three men in their South Memphis neighborhood.

"I miss him a lot because he was good, he was kindhearted and he loved children," Pollard said.

She too was shot, and she's calling her son her hero.

"He gave his life for his mama, because they were trying to kill me," Pollard said.

The city of Memphis has seen a 12.2 percent decrease in murders from the first six months of this year, compared to the same time last year.

Yet, the city's major violent crime rate is up by 9.9 percent citywide and 9.3 percent countywide. There is also a 10.6 percent rise in major property crime.

As this mom grieves and makes sense of hurt, she's begging the city to do more to address crime.

"They need to come out here and see it for themselves," Pollard said. "Come out here."

Director Mike Rallings said reducing crime is a top priority.

Mayor Jim Strickland said he's lobbying for stiffer sentences for violent crime, working to add more jobs, offering more for the youth and supporting legislation to help lower level-level offender find jobs.

Strickland also said that MPD currently has the lowest number of officers in a decade.

Meanwhile, this mother works to plan her son's funeral and make sense of tragedy.

"I'm tired of this, I'm tired of all of this mess," Pollard said.

Pollard said her son's funeral will likely be next Saturday. She's also pushing for more officers on the streets.

Friday afternoon, MPD released the following statement on the new statistics:

From Director Rallings:

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