Breana Noble The Detroit News Published 10:07 PM EST Jan 1, 2019 Detroit — The criminal homicide tally in Michigan's largest city has dropped for the second consecutive year with 261 deaths in 2018, Detroit Police Chief James Craig confirmed Tuesday. If it holds up under review, the number would be the lowest on record in more than 50 years; in 1966, there were 214 homicides. That, however, was at a time when Detroit had a population of more than 1.5 million people — a rate of about 14 homicides per 100,000 residents. The 261 homicides in 2018, compared to Detroit's most recent estimated population of about 673,000 as of July, is a rate of about 39 per 100,000 residents. "I wish they were going down more," Craig said. "I'm not flying the flag of success yet." Craig, in an interview with The Detroit News on Tuesday, said he's happy that homicides have "continually trended down." "We still per capita have more incidents, but we're moving … [Read more...] about Detroit homicides fall for second consecutive year in 2018
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Baltimore has hit its 300th homicide this year making 2018 the fourth year in a row where the dangerous city’s murder rate passed the 300-mark. The high mark was reached on Wednesday when police were called to a shooting at around 11:30 p.m. Officers found a 30-year-old man shot and he died later at a hospital, Baltimore’s CBS affiliate reported.The growing murder rate has made Baltimore the third most dangerous city in America overall, and with 300 murders among its 618,385 residents. The city also has the fifth highest murder rate in the country. Crime data released by the FBI shows Baltimore’s murder rate is far higher than other cities of a similar size and with a per capita rate higher than most cities of 500,000 citizens or more. With 345 slayings last year, the city earned an odious murder rate of 56 per 100,000 people, USA Today reported in September. Baltimore surged past cities such as Detroit (40 per 100,000), Memphis (28 per 100,000), and Chicago (24 … [Read more...] about Baltimore Hits 300 Homicides for Fourth Year in a Row
CHICAGO — Chicago police are wrestling with gun violence, blamed largely on gangs. President Donald Trump has frequently singled out the city for criticism , calling the crime problem "a total disaster" and claiming Chicago has the strongest guns laws in the nation and still hasn't been able to curb violence. But there are common misunderstandings about Chicago's homicide rate and how the city regulates firearms. Here are some of the myths and truths: ___ IS CHICAGO THE NATION'S MURDER CAPITAL? No. This is a common misperception based partly on the national attention Chicago has attracted in recent years. The Pew Research Center reported in November that when adjusting for population, Chicago has recorded fewer murders per capita than many other smaller U.S. cities. Chicago ranked 14th among cities with at least 100,000 people in 2017. FBI statistics released this fall found St. Louis had the highest murder rate in 2017 — 66.1 homicides per 100,000 people. The Pew report … [Read more...] about The myths and truths about Chicago’s guns and murder rate
Devlin Barrett and Mark Berman, The Washington Post Published 7:54 am PDT, Monday, September 24, 2018 The number of murders and other violent crimes dipped slightly in the United States last year, according to new crime statistics released Monday by the FBI. The numbers suggest that the rise of violent crimes in recent years may be ending. Rapes rose 3 percent in 2017, according to the data, while cases of manslaughter and murder decreased 0.7 percent compared with the previous year. Aggravated-assault cases increased 1 percent, while overall violent crimes dropped 0.2 percent. The figures suggest that a rise in violent crime starting in 2015 may have begun reversing itself in 2017. In 2014, there were 1,153,022 violent crimes, which climbed to 1,250,162 such crimes in 2016. Last year, that figure dipped to 1,247,321, the FBI said. The declines announced Monday come after the increases in violence in 2015 and 2016 prompted alarm nationwide, including from Attorney … [Read more...] about FBI says murders dropped in 2017
IN JUNE 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson was found almost decapitated outside her home in an upmarket Los Angeles neighbourhood. Her gruesome murder and her ex-husband's controversial trial shocked the United States - here's what you need to know. When was Nicole Brown Simpson murdered? Nicole Brown was born in Frankfurt, Germany to a German mother and American father, and would later attend high school in California. After becoming a waitress at a Beverly Hills private club, Brown met future husband, professional NFL player OJ Simpson in 1977. The pair married in 1985 and had two children Sydney and Justin, but she later filed for divorce from Simpson citing "irreconcilable differences". On June 13, 1994, 35-year-old Brown's body was found outside her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles. Restaurant waiter Ron Goldman was also found at her home, in the fetal position in a pool of blood. An autopsy found that Brown had been stabbed seven times in the neck and scalp, and had a 5.5in slit across her … [Read more...] about When was Nicole Brown Simpson murdered, what happened in the OJ Simpson trial and where is he now?