Violent crime rising throughout US, FBI says

Leigh Mccormick
September 26, 2017

Bucking both statewide and national trends, crime in the city of Sacramento and unincorporated Sacramento County dipped in 2016, according to data released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"False narratives about a national crime wave will not help". The city of Chicago saw 765 murders in 2016, up from 468 in 2015, and 411 in 2014-while the city undoubtedly has a serious gun violence problem, this could have been a particularly bad year.

With a president and an attorney general who have warned of "American carnage" and called the increase in murders in 2015 a "dangerous permanent trend", the new crime numbers are likely to be heavily politicized.

The Brennan Center for Justice released a report this month predicting that, if current preliminary numbers hold steady, 2017 will indeed see a decrease in both overall and violent crime. In addition to the 7.9 percent homicide rate increase in 2016, the corrected numbers show the homicide rate increased by 11.4 percent in 2015, for a total increase of more than 20 percent from 2014-2016.

"We can not accept this as the new normal", Sessions said last week in Boston, referring to the new crime numbers.

The overall increase in the violent crime rate, 3.4 percent, was the biggest annual rise in 25 years, DOJ said.

The most recent statistics about crime in 2016 show that out of a population of 669,673 residents, there were 13,705 violent crimes and 303 homicides.

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Some experts didn't think the uptick was indicative of a "rising tide", however.

"The data, yes, it came from our system but we're also saying the data coming out of the system is not accurate", Craig said.

Sessions said the country needed to "dismantle criminal organizations and gangs, stop the scourge of drug trafficking, and send a strong message to criminals that we will not surrender our communities to lawlessness and violence". In a statement, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill credited the NYPD's tactics with the crime drop: "Today's new data confirms what we in New York City have known for years now: Enhanced training, improved tactics, and constructive engagement with the public we serve all lead to long-term reductions in crime". "Crime is incredibly geographically conscience - not just Chicago verses other cities, but even within Chicago".

The increase was driven by an uptick in several major cities, including Chicago, Baltimore and Las Vegas.

The group's data included cities with dramatic increases, such as Chicago, which had 762 homicides in 2016, up from 482 homicides a year earlier; Phoenix, which saw 146 homicides, up from 113 the year before; and Louisville, which had 117 homicides, up from 80 in 2015.

According to the data, there were almost half as many murders in 2016 as there was the year before.

Since the early 1990s, as the USA population has grown, murders have dropped to about 14,000 a year. The number of reported homicides has tended to fluctuate from year to year over the last decade.

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