Is a ‘Police Legitimacy Crisis’ Driving Homicides Up?

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Homicide totals rose unexpectedly in most major U.S. cities last year, but why?

To criminologist Richard Rosenfeld of the University of Missouri St. Louis, the most plausible reason may be a "police legitimacy crisis," particularly among African Americans. He noted that cities with the highest rates of homicide increase have a proportion of population that is African American double that of other cities.

Rosenfeld talked about his theories Thursday [July 7] with a standing-room-only audience on Capitol . . .

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