With the rising number of violent crimes in Yellowstone County, State Attorney General Austin Knudsen stopped in Billings to meet with local law enforcement leaders.
Our team had the opportunity speak with the attorney general and ask him questions sent in from our viewers.
Knudsen says there’s a violent crime problem in Montana and with Billings as the largest city, it has become a central point for those crimes.
“Violent crime is up 50% just in the last six or seven years in Montana, across the board. All violent crimes. That’s a scary, scary stat. I think there were 50 homicides in the state of Montana last year and half of them were here in Billings. I mean, people have a right to be concerned here in Billings, it’s absolutely a problem,” the attorney general said.