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Baltimore Was The Second Deadliest City In 2016

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter
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Baltimore turned out to be one of the deadliest American cities in 2016, boasting a murder rate that was almost double Chicago’s.

Baltimore saw 318 homicides in 2016, which represented a 7 percent decrease from 2015’s 344 homicides, reports AMI Newswire. Baltimore came in with the second highest murder rate, second only to St. Louis, Mo.

Chicago received a lot of media attention after the Chicago Police Department announced that 762 murders were committed in 2016. Despite those numbers, Baltimore experienced a higher murder rate per resident than Chicago.

Baltimore had a murder rate of 51 per every 100,000 citizens, compared to Chicago’s murder rate of 28 per every 100,000 people. New York City, in the mean time, only had a murder rate of 3.9 for every 100,000.

Baltimore residents previously begged their local officers to police their neighborhoods next to a meeting hosted by the Department of Justice in August. Mostly elderly black women gathered to ask police to rid the crime in their community. (RELATED:Baltimore Residents Beg Police To Protect Their Neighborhood)

“Please, help me,” Chaudhry Masood, the owner of a gas station, pleaded. An elderly social worker chimed in to say that the city needed more police as corner stores want to stay open 24 hours.

Black people made up the overwhelming majority of homicide victims in 2016 — 92 percent of the victims were black.

Cook County, which encompasses Chicago, also saw a lot of black murder victims. Out of the 915 homicide victims in Cook County, 710 of them were black.

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