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Washington D.C. Plays Major Role in the 2015 National Murder Increase
One of Three Major Cities Responsible for Half of 2015 National Murder Increase
Source*The Guardian – Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP The study looked at overall crime rates in America’s 30 largest cities – which were nearly identical between 2014 and 2015. Crime declined over that time period by 0.1 percent
Anthony Souffle—Chicago Tribune/TNS/Sipa A police officer rests his hand on his forehead at the scene where a 23-year old man was shot in the early morning hours of July 6, 2015 in Chicago.
A Chicago police officer collects evidence where a man was shot in the city in July. Many big U.S. cities have seen a sudden, unexplained rise in violent crime. PHOTO: JIM YOUNG/REUTERS
A Baltimore police officer secures a crime scene at the scene of a shooting in West Baltimore on May 30, 2015. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters/Newscom) The authors of this report believe these increases to be “localized” rather than part of a “national pandemic, suggesting that community conditions remain the major factor.”
The report is quoted as saying:
Notably, these three cities all seem to have falling populations, higher poverty rates, and higher unemployment than the national average. This implies that economic deterioration of these cities could be a contributor to murder increases.
Mayor Muriel Bowser (L) of Washington, DC listens as Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department Cathy Lanier (R) speaks at a press conference at police headquarters May 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. Bowser and Lanier asked the public for help in locating a suspect, Daron Dylon Wint, in a quadruple murder in the killing of Savvas Savopoulos and his family. Authorities believe Wint may have traveled to the Brooklyn, New York area. May 21, 2015| Credit: Win McNamee