Murder rates rise in US cities

Murder rates continue to rise in US as underlying reasons of growing violence remained unclear

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

People attend a memorial for 7-year-old Amari Brown, who was shot and killed in Chicago, Illinois, United States, July 9, 2015.

Based on the figures which were reported from 30 cities throughout the country, murder rates have tended to rise in the US this year, according to a report from the New York Times.

Obtaining the latest figures, the New York Times released an article on Monday to reveal rising violence in US cities without putting any details about the reasons of the sharp increase as the detailed national report on crime in the country has not been released for 2015 yet.   

However collecting the information from 30 cities which can be evaluated as a sneak preview to give an idea about the material level of the issue, the newspaper reported that Milwaukee which is the largest city of Wisconsin state is on the top of the list which shows the figures, with a 76 percent rise in crime, comparing to last year’s trend.

St Louis city of Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland followed the Milwaukee with the 60 percent and 56 percent increases, respectively, the report indicated.   

The trends have been also high for other cities of the country, including New Orleans, Chicago, Kansas City, Dallas, New York and Philadelphia.

Although there is no common comment on the rising violence, law enforcement experts of the country think that different factors can lie behind the rise of the violence.

As many experts don't agree with it, some officials claim that reducing usage of force by the police following the Ferguson shooting, people were encouraged to commit crime.

Richard Rosenfeld, a criminologist from the University of Missouri-St Louis, said that the violence in St Louis date back to an arc upward in 2014 before the Ferguson shooting in which a white police officer killed an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown sparked huge demonstrations in Ferguson.

However, other experts say that the increase on the gun ownership triggers especially gang-related killings and encourage young individuals to use guns to solve their problems.   

Last month, about 70 officials from the largest cities of the country gathered for an emergency summit to discuss about the growing issue.

In 2012, Federal Bureau of Investigation released its annual report, known as, Crime In the US which categorised crimes case by case regarding ethnical difference. It showed that the number of the arrested white people were more than the black citizens in the country.


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