Washington, D.C., Homicides Down, Up in Adjoining Maryland


In a crime-location shift, Washington, D.C.’s murder total is declining just as the count is increasing in adjoining Prince George’s County, Md., reports the Washington Post. There were 97 slayings in Prince George’s last year, four more than in 2010. In Washington, the total was 109, down from 132 in 2010 and the lowest count since 1963.

Some who still see frequent violence in their neighborhoods say there's not much to celebrate in the city's declining homicide numbers. “I'm slow to get to excited,” said the Rev. Donald Isaac of the East of the River Clergy, Police, Community Partnership. “As soon as you begin to celebrate, it can reverse so quickly.” Said Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier:

“When I started here in 1990, the two things that used to really bother me was that we were known as the murder capital of the world and the city of unsolved homicides. Our detectives and our police officers have done an amazing job turning that around. We are no longer either one of those things.”

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