violent crime

January was Chicago's Bloodiest Month in Nearly Two Decades

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The city of Chicago experienced 51 homicides in the month of January, more than the city has seen in the past 16 years. The city had 29 murders in January, 2015 and 20 in January, 2014.

The homicide total comes on the heels of the city seeing a jump in their murder rate to 468 last year, an increase of 12.5% over the year before. The city also experienced 2,900 shootings in 2015, a jump of 13%.

Those who died in January weren’t the only ones affected by the spike in violence. In addition to the 51 dead, Chicago saw over 280 people shot in January.

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Homicide Rates Spike in Baltimore, DC, St. Louis, and Chicago

A review of several major city homicide rates through late-2015 show that many are likely to see their highest murder totals in recent memory. 

The uptick in violent crime comes amid a national debate on whether an increasingly hostile, anti-police movement across the nation is affecting law enforcement practices and public safety. 

Although these numbers comprise but one metric in a broader analysis of crime in society, the dramatic rise in violence is striking.

Baltimore, arguably the epicenter of hostility toward law enforcement, has seen a particularly steep rise in it's homicide rate.

Homicides - Baltimore

2015 - 305 (through Nov 17)
2014 - 211

Homicides - Washington, D.C. 

2015 - 145 (through Nov 17)
2014 - 105

Homicides - St. Louis

2015 - 173 (through Nov 10)
2014 - 159

Homicides - Chicago

2015 - 418 (through Nov 15)
2014 - 425

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