Federal Bureau of Investigation report: Wichita murder up, but rape and robberies down

Lynne Hanson
September 27, 2017

In a reference to repeated claims by Sessions, the justice department press release said the Federal Bureau of Investigation data "reaffirms that the worrying violent crime increase that began in 2015 after many years of decline was not an isolated incident".

"For the sake of all Americans, we must confront and turn back the rising tide of violent crime", said the top United States prosecutor.

"Prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense. those that carry the most substantial guidelines sentence, including mandatory minimum sentences", Sessions said at the time. That included an estimated 17,250 murders - an 8.6 percent increase from 2015. The murder rate also rose, from 4.9 to 5.3 per 100,000 residents.

Experts have attributed the country's 4.1 percent increase in violent crime and 8.6 increase in murders to a few large cities such as Chicago, Baltimore and Las Vegas, which have seen significant spikes. "At the same time, other cities like NY are keeping crime down".

The report showed there were an estimated 1.2 million violent crimes in the USA past year.

President Trump pledged to run the "law-and-order administration", while Mr. Sessions has put gangs and drug traffickers in the Justice Department's cross hairs, and routinely blamed sanctuary cities that shield illegal immigrants from deportation for cultivating a culture of lawlessness.

The mayor said the Albuquerque Police Department was working closely with new District Attorney Raúl Torrez to identify repeat offenders and work on determining which ones pose the bigger danger to the community and which ones would benefit from treatment programs.

Some criminologists have contested that conclusion, saying that rates for overall crime and violent crime are still much lower today than they were several decades ago.

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"Chicago, for example, has had serious issues that need to be addressed", Chettiar said.

The FBI's "Crime in the United States" report compiled statistics from 16,782 towns, cities and other jurisdictions and is used to gauge crime priorities locally and nationally.

The FBI contemplates four crimes like murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and heightened assault to be intemperate crimes including force or ultimatum of force.

There were almost 1,000 more cases of violent crime in 2016 compared to 2015. The 2016 report adjusted and corrected the 2015 violent crime rate to 3.3%, up from the initially reported 3.1%.

Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh Clements told Eyewitness News that violent crimes were relatively flat the last two years, after they "fell off the table" in 2014.

Aggravated assaults, the violent encounters that often precede deadly crimes, account for 64.3 percent of violent crimes in the country, followed by robberies, which make up 26.6 percent.

In the South region, which includes Oklahoma, violent crime went up by 3.5 percent.

The number of burglaries in 2016 was 1,486 - an increase of 183 incidents, or 14 percent.

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