Welcome back to all of those coming back for a second look and a big welcome to the newcomers. Today is part 2 of U.S. Crime: A mini historical analysis of crimes in our cities. I was deeply angered and sadden by the story in part 1, so I thought the continuation of part 2 would be interesting by viewing and giving everyone some statistics on the crimes that are particularly happening in Philadelphia, New York and L.A.
So with that, lets start off by defining some of the definitions of exactly what I will be covering:
Violent crimes: is composed of four offenses, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. According to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s definition, violent crimes involve force or threat of force.
Take a look at these interesting statistics that I complied:
Now here is a comparison for the category of murder and non-negligent manslaughter by year and city. Sorry L.A., due to reclassification of certain characteristics prior data is no longer comparable to 2005.
The L.A. Chief of Police William Bratton had an interesting theory on why there is such a rise in crime. He stated, “Crime is coming back, and it has a new and troubling element…a youthful population that is largely disassociated from the mainstream of America.” Could this explain why Ms. Hall in her early twenties could cut someone open alive and kill 3 young children? And what exactly is the mainstream of America? Is mainstream America itself plaque with violence by the U.S. government and its fight on terror, violence on everyday mainstream television, violence played out in our schools and city streets?
I would like to hear your comments on exactly what is the culture that is represented by American youth these days? Inquiring minds want to know!
Part 3, which is going to be the last part in this series, will take a look at some proposed ways that can stop the rise in violence here in America. As always, please comment using the links below on these issues.