Five Facts About Murder in America
Most homicides occur in geographically concentrated areas within our cities. In 2015, more than a quarter of gun homicides occurred in neighborhoods with 1.5% of the US population. Together, these neighborhoods would cover an area smaller than Green Bay, WI.
Most homicides are perpetrated by a very small percentage of the population. “Street groups” comprise less than 0.6% of a city’s population, with an even smaller percentage actually perpetrating violent crime. It is a myth that low- income neighborhoods of color have a “culture of violence” or tolerate violence more than wealthier neighborhoods.
African Americans make up more than half of all homicide victims in the US. Black men comprise less than 7% of the US population but 51% of gun homicide victims.
More than half of homicides of black Americans don’t lead to an arrest. In Chester 70% of homicides 2015-2019 went unsolved.
Many violent crimes across the US are never reported. Nationwide, 29% of Americans who were seriously injured in violent crimes involving weapons did not report that crime to the police.
A cycle of distrust and violence:
All too often, over-enforcement of minor infractions erodes trust in law enforcement.
Lack of community trust makes it harder for law enforcement to do its job
Law enforcement fails to protect residents from shootings and homicides.
Young men seek protection in groups and are more likely to pursue retributive justice
A small percentage of community members drive up homicide rates
Through community policing efforts and trust-building, Camden, NJ went from 67 homicides in 2012 to 22 in 2018.