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BY: Charles Fain Lehman
As other cities saw a decline in previously surging murders, the nation's capital experienced a 36 percent increase in the rate of homicides in 2018.
Data - Washington - DC - Police - Murders
Data from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan police revealed 160 murders happened in the city in 2018, a substantial increase from the 116 the preceding year. This increase came even as the city enjoyed a 7 percent overall drop in violent crime, including reductions in sex crimes, assault, and robbery.
The first days of 2019 show little sign of abatement. Five additional people were murdered over the first weekend of the year, WTOP reported, including a man and a woman killed in a house fire that police are investigating as a homicide.
Increase - Homicides - Departs - Trend - America
This increase in homicides departs significantly from the trend in America's other major cities, including those known for their high homicide rates. The Brennan Center for Justice projected a 2.9 percent overall decline in the homicide rate in the nation's 30 largest cities, predicting a drop of as much as 25 percent in San Diego.
The same overall trend was apparent nationwide in 2017, the latest year for which data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation are available. In its 2017 Uniform Crime Report, the FBI indicated a 0.1 percent drop in the national homicide rate. This small drop was a significant victory compared to the preceding two years, which saw substantial increases.
Words - Rest - Nation - Homicide - Levels
In other words, as the rest of the nation returns to historically low homicide levels, D.C. becomes more and more apparently an outlier in the murder department.
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