Dugan said officers want to be able to take a good look anyone engaged in suspicious activity.
"If you rolled through a stop sign before, we might not have cared," Dugan said. "But you roll through one today, we are going to stop you. We want to know who you are, what you are doing in this neighborhood.
"We have four dead people. How many bodies have to stack up before we put a stop to this?"
The killings began Oct. 9 with the shooting of Benjamin Mitchell, 22. Two days later, Monica Hoffa was shot dead, her body found in a vacant lot. On Oct. 19, Anthony Naiboa, 20 was gunned down. And early Tuesday, Ronald Felton, 60, was killed.
Dugan has said investigators believe the shootings are related, though he has stopped short of saying they are the work of a serial killer. They have nevertheless caused fear throughout the neighborhood known for its independent restaurant scene and children’s Halloween parade.
The chief noted that other notorious killers have been nabbed after getting stopped for lesser offenses, including 1970s serial killer Ted Bundy, who was captured after a traffic stop.
The chief expressed sympathy for residents’ concerns about heavy-handed policing tactics. And he expressed a willingness to discuss his philosophy about how police should interact with the community in the future.
"Yes the numbers are up," Dugan said of recent arrests. "Once this train wreck is over, we are going to have another hard conversation about policing."