Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Rising Violent Crime in America

From The Washington Post:
In June, well before Obama’s remarks and most of the fact-checks of Trump’s claims, Richard Rosenfeld of the University of Missouri at St. Louis documented, in a study of 56 major cities conducted for the Justice Department, that homicides were up 17 percent on average. Forty of the cities saw homicides increase, and 12 of those cities saw them increase by more than 50 percent. Furthermore, data collected by the Major Cities Chiefs Association indicate that this trend has continued into 2016. In the first half of the year, homicides are up 15 percent over 2015. Non-fatal shootings (up 4 percent) and aggravated assaults (3.4 percent) both jumped in the first half of the year as well. 

Our own analysis of 20 large cities, gathered directly from publicly available police department data, finds that crime is rising overall, although the increases are spread unevenly across the country. And compared with 2014 lows, some types of violent crimes are not just rising; they are rising at alarming rates. (Read more.)

1 comment:

julygirl said...

Many people's reality check comes from Obama who proclaims everything to be peachy keen. He can hear the birds singing and the bees buzzing. There are tragedies occurring on the streets of Baltimore Maryland less than 50 miles from the White House lawn where the birds are singing and the bees are buzzing.