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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and even New York City are among the American cities that have constantly struggled with violent crime, notably homicide, during the previous three decades.
Due to local and national worry for its citizens and the visitors who frequent these historic sites, violent crime reports from these treasured American cities frequently make news headlines.
It may be necessary to shed more light on other Southern and Midwestern cities, such as Milwaukee, St. Louis, Cleveland, Rochester, New York, Atlanta, and New Orleans, which receive fewer national headlines than the aforementioned cities but have higher or comparable murder rates per capita (or 100,000 residents).
The top 31 U.S. cities with the highest murder rates thus far in 2022 are listed in order by AH Analytics co-founder Jeff Asher in a compilation of June police data from cities with a population higher than 200,000.
Asher’s list has New Orleans at the top with a murder rate of 36.8 per 100,000 people so far this year, followed by Baltimore at 29.1, Birmingham at 29.1, St. Louis at 27.8, Milwaukee at 19, Cleveland at 16.9, Rochester at 16.6, Philadelphia at 15.1 and Kansas City, Missouri, at 14.6. These figures only represent the number of murders that have occurred halfway through 2022 and are tentative.
According to Everett Johnson, president of the Alabama Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), “I think you can see a pattern in increased violence across our country as a whole.” Birmingham’s per capita “murders,” in my opinion, are consistent with what has been happening in the rest of our nation over the past two or three years.
Following a pattern of violence that started in 2020, more than a dozen cities reported record-high homicide rates in 2021.
In New Orleans, for instance, there had been 145 murders as of June 30. If this pace continues, there will likely be close to 300 murders this year, bringing the city’s homicide rate to 74.12 per 100,000 people. Despite the fact that Chicago registered more murders in 2021 than it had in a quarter of a century, the rate would be far lower than Chicago’s 18.26 murders per 100,000 people.
According to statistics gathered in June by AH analytics, New Orleans is currently the major U.S. city with the highest murder rate per resident so far this year. Mike DeMocker
According to statistics from 2018 compiled by the Citizen Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice, a Mexico City-based advocacy group, New Orleans would likewise rank ninth in homicides among major cities throughout the world that are not engaged in war. Murders increased in New Orleans, going from 119 in 2019 to 201 in 2020. In 2021, that number grew even further, reaching 218—an increase of 83 percent over 2019 figures.
According to Darrell Basco, president of the Louisiana FOP, “I can’t speak for the nation, but people in Louisiana certainly know it’s one of the most dangerous cities,” adding that what they “experience personally” when they visit the city and what they “see on the news” have made Louisianans aware of the violence in New Orleans.
The Big Easy draws “a lot of tourists” to Louisiana throughout the year, according to Basco, who also said that city council members and other elected officials must work with community organizations to stop violence before it has an influence on tourism earnings.
A “progressive-leaning” district attorney, trouble hiring and retaining police officers, and “the demonization of police personnel,” a tendency that other significant U.S. cities are also struggling with since 2020, are all blamed by Basco for contributing to the problem in both Louisiana communities.
In New Orleans, there were 201 murders in 2020, up from 119 in 2019. In 2021, that number grew even further, reaching 218—an increase of 83 percent over 2019 figures. AFP/PATRICK T. FALLON
Birmingham, Alabama, a metropolis of more than 210,000 people, is located five hours north of New Orleans. As of July 26, the Birmingham Police Department reported that there had been 74 murders so far this year.
“My understanding of Birmingham and other similar places is that they have an extremely lax bonding procedure and that the bond is essentially a signature bond that allows you to leave court regardless of the offence. Violence grows when violent offenders aren’t imprisoned “The Alabama FOP’s president, Everett Johnson, remarked. “I believe that both the bond system and the criminal justice system are lenient. Alabama now has a good time rule that allows offenders to return to society after serving a certain number of days for good behavior, however I believe that this law is being misused.”
He also thinks that in places like Birmingham, where homicide rates are high, there is a lack of “respect for human dignity and human life.” He added that Birmingham citizens compete with one another in “a drug culture” that breeds violent crime.
Birmingham, Alabama, a metropolis of more than 210,000 people, is located five hours north of New Orleans. As of July 26, the Birmingham Police Department reported that there had been 74 murders so far this year. REDAandCO/Universal Images Group/Isabella Pino
Although St. Louis is among the cities with the highest murder rates per capita in the nation, homicide rates have dropped by 15% so far in 2022 compared to 2021. in 2020 St. Louis has the highest murder rate per capita.
According to St. Louis government officials, aggravated assaults with firearms and other dangerous weapons, robberies, and larcenies are all on the decline in St. Louis County as of this month, in addition to killings.
Lt. Schellman of the St. Louis Police Department said in a statement on July 6 that larcenies, many of which involve vehicles, have seen a significant increase in both locally and nationally. “Overall, larcenies in St. Louis County are down 7%. The hardworking members of the St. Louis County Police Department deserve a lot of the credit for this. Over 1,200 men and women make up our department, many of whom labor in the background to keep our neighborhood secure.”
Sam Page, Ph.D., the executive of St. Louis County, claimed in a statement on July 6 that the county spends around $166 million annually on policing, or 48% of the general fund budget, and that this is the reason for the success thus far this year.
Although St. Louis is among the cities with the highest murder rates per capita in the nation, homicide rates have reduced by 15% so far in 2022 compared to 2021. (Universal Images Group/America/Education Images via Getty Images)
Because of this, Page stated, “our department is able to provide highly specialized services that smaller cities cannot match.” This includes the Commercial Vehicle Unit, Highway Safety Unit, Metro Air Support Unit, Tactical Operations, and K9 Unit, as well as the Bureau of Crimes Against Property and the Bureau of Crimes Against Persons.
Memphis, which wasn’t on Asher’s list, has improved as well after coming in fourth place for the most murders per capita in 2020.
Despite an increase in auto theft, theft from vehicles, and shoplifting crimes, Memphis has had a 16 percent drop in homicides and a 20 percent drop in all violent crime occurrences, including aggravated assault, according to a report from WREG earlier this month. The media source credited a program to rehire retired police officers for the department with reducing violent crime.
Scott DeLaSchmit, president of the Tennessee FOP, said: “We’re a little bit behind where we were last year, thank goodness, but one homicide is too many.”
While Memphis and St. Louis are among the cities with the worst murder rates per capita in the nation, the number of homicides there have reduced by 16 and 15 percent, respectively, so far in 2022. (Universal Images Group, Education Images, Visions of America)
Memphis is a fascinating city, he said. “Certain zip codes, which are the more economically disadvantaged zip codes, are where crime is more prevalent. However, there isn’t much crime in the tourist zones. It’s mostly in areas with lower incomes. And frequently, it involves domestic violence and other crimes involving people who know each other. Not just this particular city, however. It is typical of other regions of the nation.”
Jackson, Mississippi, which has a population of less than 200,000 and was not included on Asher’s list, had 153 killings in 2021, putting the city’s homicide rate at 99.5 per 100,000 people. According to WLBT , the city is on course to have a comparable murder rate by the end of 2022 with the 70 homicides it had so far this year.
Except for Memphis, the top 10 cities on Asher’s list are all governed by Democratic officials. According to 2020 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, they also have some of the greatest rates of poverty and/or inequality in the nation, with Cleveland, Detroit, Rochester, and other significant U.S. cities with high crime rates leading the way.
According to a 1991 Washington Post article quoting FBI statistics, Washington, D.C. had the highest murder rate in the country but was ranked No. 7 overall in terms of total violent crime.
According to the Post, the top five cities with the greatest murder rates in 1991 included Atlanta, New Orleans, Detroit, and St. Louis. In terms of overall violent crime, Miami came in first. Beginning in the early 2000s and continuing into the middle of the 2010s, Baltimore and Chicago appeared at the top of the list for most homicides per capita.
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