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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 »

FBI: Violent Crime Near Historic Low

Crime rate dropping despite economic downturn

(Newser) - The violent crime rate in the US dropped for the fifth straight year in 2011, and is approaching a low not seen in decades, according to new FBI data. The overall violent crime rate fell 4%, with murders down 1.9%, and rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults down 4%—although... More »

10 US Cities Most Dangerous for Women

Saginaw, Michigan, and Anchorage, Alaska top Forbes' list

(Newser) - Rape statistics are notoriously unreliable, so Forbes has analyzed a wider swath of FBI crime data to create a list of America's most dangerous cities for women. Add robbery and aggravated assault statistics to forcible rape, and you get:
  1. Saginaw, Michigan: 90 miles from Detroit, Saginaw has 76 rapes
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New Orleans' Problem: How to Stop All the Murders

City officials trying new programs, but will they work?

(Newser) - Choose nearly any line from a New York Times article on murders in New Orleans, and it will depress you: By late last month, the city had seen 175 homicides in 2011—the same as the total number for all of the previous year—and there have been eight more... More »

America's Most Dangerous City Is...

Detroit, according to 2010 data

(Newser) - Detroit has once again been named America's most dangerous city, this time by Forbes , which offers the top (or, perhaps, bottom) 10, based on the FBI's uniform crime report for 2010:
  1. Detroit: A rate of 1,111 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. A dwindling population, low employment
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Violent Crime Fell 6% Last Year: FBI

Rate drops for 4th year in a row

(Newser) - Violent crime is down for the fourth year in a row, the FBI says. Last year, it fell 6%, accompanied by a 2.7% drop in property crime—which has also steadily fallen for the past eight years, the AP reports. Some 1.2 million violent crimes and 9 million... More »

Crime Down, But More Cops Dying

And no one seems to know why

(Newser) - Crime rates are falling all across the US—so why are more police officers dying? That’s “the million-dollar question, and we're all studying it and trying to figure it out,” the chief of the LAPD tells the Wall Street Journal . This year has seen 130 cops... More »

Philly Cracks Down on Teen Flash Mobs

Cops warn kids joining SMS-organized gangs

(Newser) - Philadelphia's top cop has warned teenagers that they can go to jail for joining texted "flash mobs" in which groups of rampaging teens attack property and passers-by. Hundreds of rowdy teenagers, organized by email or text message, have gathered in downtown Philly on recent weekends and the police plan... More »

Daily Sweets Linked to Violence

Violent adults are more likely to have eaten candy as kids, study finds

(Newser) - Think twice before buying your child that chocolate bar—new research by psychiatrists shows that children who eat candy every day are more likely to grow into violent adults. The research, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, found that 69% of children in the study later convicted of a... More »

Mexican Drug Violence Seeps Into US

Cartels' reach extends to Canada

(Newser) - Drug violence has killed more than 7,000 in Mexico since January 2008—and now it’s spreading into the US, the New York Times reports. Home-invasion investigators in Arizona have seen 200 cases since their squad formed last year, and violence has reached across the continent: there have been... More »

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