FBI Data Shows Violent Crime Rose Sharply in U.S. in 2016 for Second Consecutive Year

Data released on Monday by the FBI shows that violent crime rose sharply in 2016.

Despite decreases in homicide in some parts of the United States, the increase in murder rates in several cities caused an overall violent crime spike in the U.S. in 2016. The increase followed a smaller rise in 2015.

2016 was a nasty year for Chicago, which saw its worst year for homicides in decades.

Las Vegas and Louisville also saw a turn for the worse in murder rates.

NBC News reports:

A total of 17,250 murders were reported, an increase of 8.6 percent from 2015. The murder rate, or the number of offenses per 100,000 people, was 7.9 percent. Overall, total violent crimes were up 4.1 percent […]

“For the sake of all Americans, we must confront and turn back the rising tide of violent crime. And we must do it together,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has made crime-fighting a centerpiece of his tenure.

A Justice Department statement on the new figures said they reaffirm that “the worrying violent crime increase that began in 2015 after many years of decline was not an isolated incident.”

The overall increase in the violent crime rate, 3.4 percent, was the biggest annual rise in 25 years, DOJ said.

While liberals dismissed his comments as fear-mongering, President Donald Trump warned during his inaugural address that the U.S. was at “the beginning of a trend” for increased violent crime.

But with two consecutive years of increase under the Obama administration now confirmed, we know Trump wasn’t trying to scare anyone with exaggerations. He was right.

The Washington Post adds:

The FBI’s release of the figures comes as the Trump administration has warned ominously of a dangerous crime wave. In his inaugural address, President Trump described “American carnage” in U.S. cities, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions said earlier this year he worried the crime uptick was “the beginning of a trend” […]

Sessions, who has tied some of his policy pushes to the increase in crime, said Monday that the Justice Department would fight what he described as a “rising tide of violent crime” nationwide.

“For the sake of all Americans, we must confront and turn back the rising tide of violent crime. And we must do it together,” Sessions said in a statement. “The Department of Justice is committed to working with our state, local, and tribal partners across the country to deter violent crime, dismantle criminal organizations and gangs, stop the scourge of drug trafficking, and send a strong message to criminals that we will not surrender our communities to lawlessness and violence.”

In a news release, the Justice Department says that the increase in violent crime seen in 2016 was the largest seen in the U.S. in 25 years, and noted that the FBI’s corrections for 2015 show that things were worse in that year than previously thought.

Reflecting Trump’s warning of a trend, the press release says that data “reaffirms that the worrying violent crime increase that began in 2015 after many years of decline was not an isolated incident.”

From the Department of Justice’s Office of Public Affairs:

The report, which covers January-December 2016, reaffirms that the worrying violent crime increase that began in 2015 after many years of decline was not an isolated incident. The violent crime rate increased by 3.4 percent nationwide in 2016, the largest single-year increase in 25 years […]

The report released today also adjusts and corrects numbers for 2015, showing that the violent crime rate actually increased by 3.3 percent (as opposed to 3.1 percent, as previously reported) in 2015. The violent crime rate increases in 2015 and 2016 each represented the largest single-year increases in the violent crime rate since 1991. These increases were nationwide, with the average violent crime rate increasing in cities over 250,000 in population, in cities under 10,000 in population, in suburban areas, and in every size in-between. In addition to the 7.9 percent homicide rate increase in 2016, the corrected numbers show the homicide rate increased by 11.4 percent in 2015, for a total increase of more than 20 percent from 2014-2016. Rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults also each continued to increase nationwide in 2016.

A summary of the data release is available on the FBI’s website, here.

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