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Homicides Rose By Almost 11 Percent In 61 US Cities, Report Says

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter
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The homicide count increased by double-digits percentages in 61 American cities, according to preliminary data.

The Major Cities Chiefs Association published a preliminary report of crime statistics provided by the cities’ police departments. The responses suggest that the overall homicide count in the cities rose by 10.7 percent.

Out of the 61 departments, 41 reported an increase in homicides. Chicago saw an increase from 485 homicides in 2015 to 762 homicides in 2016. The Atlanta Police Department reported a 17 percent increase in homicides from 2015 to 2016.

The Dallas Police Department disclosed a 26 percent increase in murders. One hundred and thirty-six murders were committed in 2015; 172 homicides happened in 2016, the department reported.

The Memphis Police Department had a 43 percent jump in murders and the Phoenix Police Department reported a 29 percent increase in homicides.

The preliminary data also suggests that rapes went up in 2016 by about seven percent. The overall rape count from the 61 agencies totaled 26,913 for 2015 and 28,757 for 2016.

As well, robberies and aggravated assaults went up in 2016. In 2015, 133,462 robberies were committed, and 137,114 robberies happened in 2016, according to the agencies.

St. Louis turned out to be the city with the highest murder rate in the U.S. The city boasted 59.3 murders for every 100,000 citizens. Baltimore had the second highest murder rate and Detroit had the third highest. (RELATED: Guess Which City Is The Murder Capital Of The USA Again)

Chicago, though it experienced a violent year in 2016, only had the eighth highest murder rate in the country.

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