Tuesday, September 13, 2016

FBI to reveal likely murder spike on same day as first presidential debate


The FBI’s national crime data for 2015 – which is expected to show a substantial overall increase in murders – will be released on the morning of the first presidential debate, likely providing a dramatic new talking point for Donald Trump.

For months, Trump has been pointing, ominously, to rising violence in Chicago and other cities, and arguing that Americans are at risk and that Democratshave failed black Americans in particular.

How large the nationwide murder increase might be for all of 2015 is still unclear, but some estimates would make the increase the largest since 1990, or even 1968.

Whatever the precise nationwide increase is, criminologist Richard Rosenfeld said, it will almost certainly be “a much larger rise in homicide than we’ve seen in many, many years”.

Trump, who has branded himself the “law and order candidate”, pledged in his July speech at the Republican national convention that “the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end.”

“Inner-city crime is reaching record levels,” he tweeted in late August. “African-Americans will vote for Trump because they know I will stop the slaughter going on!”

President Obama and other Democrats have pushed back that overall crime and murder fell to historic lows during Obama’s presidency, and that the troubling murder increase has been concentrated in just a few cities.

Murders increased nearly 17% across the nation’s 56 largest cities in 2015, Rosenfeld found in a justice department-funded study published in June. The increase was “real and nearly unprecedented”, Rosenfeld concluded.

Rosenfeld’s study found the murder increase was ...

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  1. I sit on an anti-gun violence task force in a medium sized city. We're seeing gun violence at an unprecedented level. Scary stuff ... and it does not seem to be leveling off. Our research partner (an associate professor from the very liberal state university system)is admitting that the Ferguson Effect is probably a factor.

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