Sharp rise in murder rates show the mistrust between police and communities
Federal Bureau of Investigation data issued on Monday, September 26 showed the homicide rate in 2015 skyrocketed in the United States at a rate unheard of since 1968.
Fifteen cities accounted for 40% of the increase. These cities include Baltimore, Maryland (133 more homicides); Chicago, Illinois (67 more); Seattle, Washington (57 more); Milwaukee, Wisconsin (55 more); and Houston, Texas (61 more). Excluding the fifteen cities driving the change, homicide rates still spiked by at least 6% all over the country. The last time homicide rates were below 5 per 100,000 people was in 1964.
However, when 2016 came around, the situation in some cities improved. For instance, homicides in Milwaukee decreased by 26% in the first half of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015, data released by the Major Cities Chiefs Association showed. Research suggests some of the negative changes in murder rates result from the bad relationships police and communities are currently experiencing.
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