Murder is man’s ultimate inhumanity to man. There is not enough lipstick in the world to make that pig look pretty. If Hammond had one murder in a year, we would all be happy that crime was down, with the exception of one grieving family. I can’t make it better, can’t put a positive spin on it.
The only thing I can provide is justice. Justice to the deceased, justice to his or her family. In 2010 and 2011, we have charged and arrested suspects in every murder except for one. Our Detective Bureau, has about a ninety percent clearance rate on homicides. That’s very impressive and I am justifiably proud of their performance.
On January 13, 2011 of this year, a murder occurred in the Copper Penny Bar on Kennedy Ave. The alleged suspect, Ernesto Ramirz, was captured on an in- house security camera, stabbing the male victim in the throat. In twenty years of law enforcement, I think this is the first video I have ever seen of a murder. This shocking crime was aggressively investigated and the suspect doggedly pursued by Detective Sergeant Mark Detterline, and Detective Sergeant David Carter.
Late last week, the detectives received a tip that led them to Joliet Illinois. The United States Marshals provided valuable assistance and Ernesto Ramirez was taken without incident. He had been hiding since the murder and was well aware that he had been charged in the crime.
I salute these brave and hardworking detectives. Without their effort, a murderer might have gotten away with his crime. Fortunately, we have provided justice to our victim.
Please keep my men and women in your thoughts and prayers,
Chief Brian Miller
Note: All suspects identified in this blog are to be considered innocent, until proven guilty in a court of law.