Monday, September 26, 2016
New Crime Statistics Fuel For Presidential Debate? ~by Legal Pub
Is the United States getting to be a bit more dangerous of a place to live? One presidential candidate says no and the other says yes. What do the latest statistics show? 2015 statistics show that violent crime in some U.S cities increased since 2014. While this is disappointing, this is still a rate well below the overall crime rate which peaked in the early 1990s.
FBI statistics show an increase in homicides in Baltimore, Chicago, and Washington D.C. In Chicago, 54 more people were murdered in 2015 than the year before, a 13 percent jump in the city's murder rate, according to an April study by New York University's Brennan Center for Justice. For example, in Chicago, 54 more people were murdered in 2015 than in 2014 according to an April study by New York University's Brennan Center for Justice. In fact, a U.S. Justice study documents almost 17% increase in violent crimes in 56 of the U.S. major cities. Is this a product of the economy? Police brutality? Or perhaps the termination of "stop and frisk" programs is to blame. Quite frankly, the presidential candidates each have separate and distinct opinions on the matter and their views directly hinge upon police conduct. One feels brutality has spawned violence and the other apparently feels that over blown publicity about a few questionable abuse of force claims has caused law enforcement to be hesitant to prevent crime.
While the trend in crime is concerning, will the candidates stick to the facts and propose real solutions or will they continue to sling mud? The answer may come sooner than expected. Stay tuned.