Dear MEL School’s Topic Readers,
US murder rate sees sharp increase in 2015
Rise in murder, not in Afghanistan or Syria, but in the U.S. Cities like Milwaukee, Wisconsin, St Louis, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, each has recorded an over 50% increase in the number of murders so far this year. Also, large cities like Washington DC, New York, Dallas, Chicago and Philadelphia have shown steep rises, though at a lesser extent. Why?
Some say police officers are now policing the cities and towns not as frequently as they used to because they are afraid of being charged for excessive use of force, after the Ferguson incident, the case that a white police officer shot an un-armed African American teenager and caused a violent racial conflict in the town.
Others say social factors such as the youth population or dissatisfied social class are to be blamed.
After all, many of these murders contribute over 33,000 gun related deaths in America.
Imagine living in a city where there is a murder case every day.