DOJ: 'Nearly Unprecedented' Rise in Homicides for Cities with 'Large Black Populations'Chris Menahan
Jun. 16, 2016
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A new DOJ study shows there's been "a nearly unprecedented" rise in homicides among cities with "large African-American populations."
As the US comes to terms with the Orlando massacre, the Justice Department has revealed "a nearly unprecedented" spike in homicides. Yet, the worrisome surge was not due to mass shootings, but a "Ferguson effect," the new DOJ study says.
However, Rosenfeld focuses not so much on the spike itself, but on the specific factors that lay behind the 2015 homicide rise. He highlights three “plausible explanations” – a surge in the illegal drug trade, a wave of released prisoners, and a theory known as the “Ferguson effect.”
It is no coincidence that the name of the controversial trend – “Ferguson effect” – corresponds to the August 2014 death of an unarmed 18-year-old African-American man shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
Police abuse and violence in black communities are two completely different issues. As police have backed off in these cities due to the rise of "Black Lives Matter" and the whole "police love to kill black people for fun narrative," homicides are skyrocketing.
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