Washington D.C. – One of Three Major Cities Responsible for Half of 2015 National Murder Increase

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

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Source*The Guardian – Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

According to a report entitled “Crime in 2015: A Final Analysis” published by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Baltimore accounted for more than half of the increase in murders from 2014 – 2015.

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

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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.
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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

The Brennan Center report was published based on data taken through Dec. 31, 2015.  According to this data, Baltimore, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. account for more than half (244) of the national increase in murders.

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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.

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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

Click here for access to the full report,“Crime in 2015: A Final Analysis”.

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