Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Murder Rate Continues to Soar in Cincinnati
The figures from the Cincinnati Police Department:
- Murders YTD '05 62 (as of end of September)
- Murders YTD '04 58
- % CHNG 6.9% Increase
- Murders YTD '03 46
- 2005 vs 2003 34.8% Increase
- Murders YTD '02 44
- 2005 vs 2002 40.9% Increase
The record for murders in Cincinnati is 81, set in 1971. Cincinnati probably won't reach that milestone. What's especially bothersome about this, other than the increased risk of being murdered, is that in most cities murder rates are decreasing.
The national murder rate for 2004 was 5.5 per 100,000 persons. For the city of Cincinnati for 2004 the murder rate was 20.1 per 100,000 persons.
The numbers are hard to find for just Cincinnati on the race of the victim (I couldn't find them). But, nationally blacks are six times more likely to be a murder victim than whites. This would mean that approximately 54 of these murders were of blacks. And, since 94% of black victims are killed by blacks, this is mostly blacks killing blacks.
Dept. of Justice Statistics
Yet, little seems to be being done about this. Since the riots in 2001 and the Dept. of Justice investigating the Cincinnati Police for alleged racially motivated actions, police enforcement seems to have slacked off. The riots were touched off by the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old black male, Timothy Thomas, by police following a long foot pursuit at the end of which a policeman thought Thomas was reaching into his pants to pull out a gun. They were in a dark alley.
During the time of the riots, many protested the police actions formed groups such as the Black United Front headed by Rev. Damon Lynch III. Riots, protests, investigations, etc. Yet now no one seems concerned when blacks kill blacks at wholesale rates. Here is an example of the reaction of some of the black community to the recent arrest of a black murderer. They accuse the media of racism for publishing his mug shot.
Murder is now more common in Cincinnati than some other famous "dangerous" cities, such as Detroit. I wonder what it will take for someone to actually start doing something about it.
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