Amount of Violent Murders Drastically Increased in the US

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Source: Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn News / September 26, 2016


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An FBI report revealed this Monday that the number of murders in 2015 increased by more than 10% in comparison with last year’s figures, in the United States.

According to the annual report of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on the crime rate in the United States, the number of murders reported by police agencies grew by 10.8 percent in 2015, representing the largest increase in a year since 1971 although still far from the historical trademarks back in the 90s.

The annual report reflects that 1,197,704 violent felonies took place last year, which means that the general figure of penal infractions committed with violence increased by 3,9% in comparison with the 2014. FBI statistics in the category “violent crimes” including killings, violence resulting in death, rapes, robbery with violence, threats and assaults with violence or with weapons.

A high number of these incidents occurred in large cities like Baltimore and Washington by the use of firearms; these were used in 7 out of 10 murders, 4 in 10 robberies and 2 out of 10 of the aggravated assaults recorded. According to the federal agency, this increase is mainly due to two factors: the rise in killings of black men among other fatal shootings.

The numbers reflect the death of 900 Afro Americans more in 2015 than in 2014, while the armed murders increased to a 71,5%. This year, the US police has killed at least 1152 people until December 15, according to a report released on Monday by a group of activists who runs the Mapping Police Violence Project.

On Tuesday, an African American man was killed by the police in Charlotte, in the eastern state of North Carolina; this case ignited racial tensions and there were several nights of protests in that city. This report was published hours before the celebration of the first debate between presidential candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

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