This is the post I hate to write each year.
It was July 29, 2009 when the Dayton Daily News had the story “Veteran of 3 wars, 85, dies in home invasion” on the front page.
That clipping sits behind my monitor on the wall 365 days a year. Reminding me that the murder is unsolved.
That’s unacceptable. But, of course, a police department that still can’t tell us who killed one of their own, Officer Kevin Brame, can’t be expected to always get their man.
We often hear about the reduction of gun violence- but, it’s smoke and mirrors. According to a recent NY Times article, Dayton doesn’t do so well solving murders by guns in Dayton- despite our “shot spotter” technology.
New York City stands out with a murder clearance rate of 86 percent in 2019, a year when only 54 percent of the city’s murders involved a firearm. By contrast, the same year in Dayton, Ohio, the police cleared only 21 percent of their murders, 94 percent of which were done with a firearm.
I don’t know who the next chief of police will be, but, hopefully, we can hire someone who get our police department staffed properly, supported well, and actually find the people who killed Sgt Major North Woodall. RIP. 12 years ago.
Hopefully, before the end of 2021- we can solve this heinous crime.