As of the publishing of this episode of the #DiscussCLT podcast on August 11, 2017, there have been 57 murders in Charlotte since the beginning of the year. To put that in perspective, there were 67 murders in all of 2016, and that was a seven-year high. Clearly, this spike in violent crime has people around the city asking themselves what’s behind this trend. To help discuss this, we talked to 30-year CMPD homicide veteran Garry McFadden. In his time as a detective, McFadden has investigated more than 800 murders, and closed over 90% of them. He also has vivid memories of Charlotte’s most violent year on record, 1993, which saw 129 deaths. In this episode of the #DiscussCLT podcast, we talk about the similarities between 1993 and today, what are the necessary steps that the city needs to take to reverse this trend, and the importance of community policing in reducing not only the murder rate, but incidents of police brutality as well. RSVP for the next live #DiscussCLT event Thursday, August 17 at Lenny Boy Brewing Company on South Tryon Street. The topic is Charlotte Media Matters, and a moderated panel will discuss how the local media landscape has evolved and where it is headed. The event is free but you must RSVP at discussclt.com. Get in on the discussion by tweeting us @Charlottemag and using the hashtag #DiscussCLT.