Homicides In 4 Big Cities Buck Crime’s Downward Trend


Crime is dropping throughout much of the country, but murder is bucking the trend in some big cities, reports USA Today. New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia report slight increases in homicides so far in 2010. That’s due in part to shootings involving multiple victims and unexpected spikes in domestic killings, criminal justice analysts say.

“What I’ve seen in several places is a period of volatility that we haven’t seen for a while,” says Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Research Forum. Although crime has been driven to record lows in some areas of the nation, Rob Davis, president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, says there is no evidence that it has “bottomed-out.” “We will always see spikes,” Davis says. “I think it is hard to draw long-term conclusions.”

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