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Mon Sep 26, 2016, 12:31 PM

Murders up 10.8% in biggest percentage increase since 1971, FBI data shows

Source: The Guardian

Murders up 10.8% in biggest percentage increase since 1971, FBI data shows

Rising violence in 2015 driven by increase in murders of black
men and gun crime, as experts brace for political ‘hysteria’ amid
2016 election


Lois Beckett and Aliza Aufrichtig
Monday 26 September 2016 14.49 BST

Murders in the US rose 10.8% last year, the biggest single-year percentage jump since 1971, according to data released Monday by the FBI.

The rising violence was driven by an increase in the murders of black men, and by an increase in the number of gun murders. At least 900 more black men were killed in 2015 than in 2014, according to FBI data.

There were roughly 1,500 additional firearm murders in 2015. No other type of weapon saw a comparable increase. The number of knife murders dropped slightly.

The percentage of murders committed with guns increased to 71.5%.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/26/rate-murder-fbi-increase

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