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Pot Arrests in US Outnumber Violent Crime Arrests

There's a drug arrest every 25 seconds

(Newser) - Law enforcement agencies made more arrests for marijuana possession last year than for all violent crimes combined, despite decriminalization and outright legalization in some states, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch and the ACLU. The report is harshly critical of drug policies that have 137,000 Americans... More »

10 Most Dangerous Cities in US

St. Louis is No. 1

(Newser) - The Census Bureau reported Monday that incidents of violent crime—and murders in particular—were up around the US, but which cities are worst? Here are the top 10, on a per-capita basis, via 24/7 Wall Street .
  1. St. Louis, Missouri: 1,817 violent crimes per 100,000 people, with 188
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FBI: Murders Up 11% in 2015—but There's Context

Stats for violent crime, including rapes and robberies, still below rates from 20 years ago

(Newser) - The number of murders in the US rose 11% last year from 2014, while the number of violent crimes saw a modest increase of 4% after two years of decline, per an FBI press release . Rapes rose 6.3%, aggravated assaults increased 4.6%, and robberies rose by 1.4%... More »

Crime Spiking Because Cops Don't Want to Go Viral: FBI Chief

So-called 'Ferguson effect' is making police shy away from suspects: James Comey

(Newser) - James Comey doesn't have quantitative proof, but the FBI director has a hunch as to why there's been an uptick in violent crimes in some urban areas. The "viral video effect" is something he's used in the past to explain the recent spurt of seemingly less-aggressive... More »

6 Cities With Fastest-Rising Crime Rates

San Luis Obispo tops the list, with crimes up 58%

(Newser) - Is there something in the air in San Luis Obispo? The number of violent crimes including rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, and murders, spiked 58% in the metropolitan area from 2010 to 2014, making it home to the fastest-rising crime rate of any US city. Interestingly, the crime rate 30 miles... More »

The 10 Least Violent States

Vermont is the easy winner

(Newser) - We've learned that Alaska is the state with the highest rate of violent crime, but which state has the lowest? Look about 4,000 miles to the east: Vermont. The latter has 99.3 incidents per 100,000 residents, well below the national average of 366, reports 24/7 Wall... More »

Right-to-Carry Laws Linked to Violent Crime

Stanford study conflicts with previous statistical breakdowns

(Newser) - For years, gun-rights advocates cited a 1997 paper 's claim that "allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons deters violent crimes." The National Research Council came out with its own take in 2004, saying there was "no credible evidence that 'right-to-carry' laws … either decrease or... More »

There's Good News in This Figure: 1.16M Violent Crimes

That's the lowest number since 1978

(Newser) - There were an estimated 1.16 million incidences of murders, rapes, robberies, and other major categories of violent crime last year—the lowest number since 1978's 1.09 million, according to newly released FBI data. The agency's "Crime in the United States" report shows murder and non-negligent... More »

Scientists Link 2 Genes to Violent Behavior

Criminals in Finland more likely to have mutated versions

(Newser) - A new study might be inching us closer to the possibility that the worst criminals can blame their behavior on bad genes. In the study of 900 convicts in Finland, researchers found that those with mutated forms of two genes were 13 times more likely to have a history of... More »

Memorial Erected for Alleged Killer of Rookie Cop

NJ mayor fuming that residents are honoring suspect, not slain officer

(Newser) - Mourners are coming to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial made out of candles, balloons, and heartfelt notes days after rookie officer Melvin Santiago was gunned down while responding to an armed robbery call. But the memorial—which also includes empty liquor bottles and the message “Thug in... More »

Study: Repealing Gun Law Led to More Murders

Johns Hopkins study cites spike in Missouri

(Newser) - It turns out that when you make it easier to buy guns, more people wind up getting killed with guns. That's the conclusion researchers from John Hopkins University came to after studying the effects of Missouri's 2007 repeal of its "permit-to-purchase" law, which required a local sheriff... More »

Instagram Account Targets, IDs Crime Witnesses: Cops

Police investigating individual behind 'rats215'

(Newser) - Philadelphia police are on the hunt for an anonymous Instagram user who claimed to "expose rats" by identifying witnesses of violent crimes. Posting more than 150 pictures, plus police statements and testimony, the "rats215" account has named more than 30 witnesses since February in a city where finding... More »

The Most Dangerous US State Is ... Tennessee?

644 violent crimes last year for every 100K people

(Newser) - Judging by newspaper headlines, you might expect the most dangerous state in the country to be California or New York. But it's actually Tennessee that has the nation’s highest rate of violent crime. That's according to a 24/7 Wall St. analysis of FBI statistics on violent crime... More »

We're More Sympathetic to Abused Dogs Than Humans

Study: It's easier to read about a 30-year-old man getting beaten than a puppy

(Newser) - What's harder to watch: An adult human kicking a puppy or an adult human kicking another adult human? Science says: the puppy. A new study has found abused dogs—both puppies and grown-ups—elicit more sympathy than abused adult humans. Abused human kids, however, are equally sympathetic as abused... More »

US Violent Crime Sees First Hike in 6 Years

Years of declines bottom out

(Newser) - For the first time since 2006, violent crime climbed in the US last year, preliminary FBI data show. Nationally, violent crime was up 1.2%. Urban areas led the increase, with cities of between 500,000 and 1 million people seeing a 3.7% jump in rates; murder rates in... More »

The Real Cause of Violent Crime: Leaded Gasoline

Lead poisoning created a generation of criminals: Kevin Drums

(Newser) - Violent crime has fallen in the US for years, but why? Experts have floated theories ranging from police techniques to the "crack epidemic" to the legalizing of abortion, but none quite fit the facts. One, however, does: lead poisoning. In Mother Jones , Kevin Drums reports that the rise and... More »

Detroit Homicides Climb 10%, Above 'Murder Capital' Era

City now the most dangerous of America's 20 most populous

(Newser) - Detroit lived up to its dangerous reputation this year, as its murder rate shot up 10% to 53 per 100,000 residents—making it higher now than it was 40 years ago, when the city was first nicknamed the "Murder Capital," the Detroit News reports. That also made... More »

DC Milestone: On Track for Fewer Than 100 Murders

It would be first time since 1963

(Newser) - The crack epidemic that began in the 1980s ushered in a wave of bloodletting in the nation's capital and a death toll that ticked upward daily. Dead bodies, sometimes several a night, had homicide detectives hustling between crime scenes and earned Washington unwelcome monikers such as the nation's... More »

US Violent Crime Climbs for First Time Since 1993

Assaults increase 22%: Justice department

(Newser) - For the first time since 1993, America's violent crime rate has increased—thanks to an increased rate of assaults, CNN reports. Assaults climbed 22% last year, Justice department figures show; 2010 saw assaults at a record low. In 2011, assault victims accounted for 22.5 people per 1,000,... More »

To Find America's Safest City, Look West

Irvine, California, has topped the FBI least-violent list for 8 years

(Newser) - Sixty-seven aggravated assaults, 11 rapes, 40 robberies, and two murders—but for a city of 214,872, that gives Irvine, Calif., the lowest crime rate in the United States for any city larger than 100,000, reports the Los Angeles Times . In fact, Irvine has been the safest US city... More »

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