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2012 was not a kind year for the city of Detroit. Bankruptcy proceedings for the city were looming, its former mayor was on trial in federal court on racketeering charges, an interim police chief was in charge, and there was a real possibility that to satisfy debts the masterpieces in the Detroit Institute of Art would be sold. To make matters worse, 2012 saw the highest homicide rate the city had endured in twenty years. According to FBI and Detroit Police Department statistics, there were 386 homicides—a rate of 55 homicides per 100,000 residents. In addition, there were 1,263 non-fatal shootings in the city. Days after the finalization of those numbers, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Barbara McQuade, convened numerous law enforcement leaders from around the district and Michigan to discuss what to do about the untenable violence.