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Homicides Increased in Most Big Cities in 2016

Homicides Increased in Most Big Cities in 2016

Monique Causey holds a portrait of her 14-year-old Malik, who was shot on Aug. 21, 2016, at her home in Chicago. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)

By    |   Thursday, 22 December 2016 06:33 PM

Homicides increased in 16 of the 20 largest police departments across the United States in 2016, the Wall Street Journal reported

According to a Journal survey of year-over-year homicides as of mid-December, Chicago had the biggest rise, posting more than 720 murders — up 56 percent from 2015.

Nationally, 37 of the 65 largest police agencies, including ones in San Antonio, Las Vegas and Memphis, Tenn., reported year-over-year homicide increases as of Sept. 30, the Major Cities Chiefs Association said.

In 2015, 44 departments reported increases.

"I have a lot of concern about that many cities experiencing those increases in violence," Darrel Stephens, executive director of the association, which represents chiefs from the largest departments, told the Journal.

He speculates crime is largely driven by local dynamics such as drug-related violence – but says solutions will require more than policing strategies.

Chicago and a handful of cities accounted for much of the overall 10 percent increase in homicides across the 65 communities in the association survey, Stephens told the Journal. Rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults and non-fatal shootings were also up at the end of September.

The Journal's analysis also found:

  • San Antonio had the highest percentage increase as of mid-December, with 144 homicides amounting to a 60 percent increase from 2015.
  • Of the four cities recording drops in 2016, three — Baltimore, Milwaukee and Washington, D.C.—had homicide upswings in 2015 that topped 50 percent. The fourth city, New York, had a small increase in 2015 and a 5 percent decrease in homicides this year through mid-December.
  • In Chicago, the big increase in homicides has come since the release, in November 2015, of a video from a year earlier showing a white officer killing a black 17-year-old in a hail of 16 bullets.

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