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Homicide Rates Jump in Many Major U.S. Cities, New Data Shows

Posted by Steve Schram on May 16, 2016 at 10:59 AM

Originally published on May 13, 2016 on The New York Times by Eric Lichtblau and Monica Davey.

WASHINGTON — Experts cannot agree on what to call a recent rise in homicides, much less its cause, but new data on Friday that showed a sharp spike in homicide rates in more than 20 cities rekindled debate over whether it was time for alarm.

The data showed particularly significant increases in homicides in six cities in the first three months of the year compared with the same period last year — Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Fla., Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Memphis. But almost as many cities reported a notable decline in recent months.

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