The murder rate in Washington, DC “soared” throughout 2018 despite a decline in the national average; raising serious questions over safety and security throughout the nation’s capital.
“As homicides across the country’s most populated cities declined overall in 2018, Washington, D.C. saw an increase of almost 42 percent in its murder rate, which experts say will continue to trend upwards in 2019. The D.C. Chief of Police warned that easing penalties would make the District less safe,” writes the Daily Caller.
“Repeat offenders who have committed gun crimes will be back on the street sooner,” said the Police Chief just months ago. “Less-stringent penalties embolden criminals, demoralize law enforcement and enable violent offenders to return more quickly to terrorizing the very communities who are calling out to the government for help.”
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MURDER MILESTONE: London Homicide Rate Officially Tops 2017 After Bloody Weekend
The murder rate in the UK capital hit a “grim milestone” over the weekend, with a spat of stabbings and homicides matching the total statistics of 2017 in November and sparking fierce criticism of Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Local police confirm there have been five knife-related murders in recent days; taking the official death toll in London to 118 so far this year.
“This is equal to the number in the whole of 2017, according to Home Office figures, excluding the 13 victims of the terrorist attacks at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Finsbury Park,” writes the Telegraph.
“The latest incident involved the death of a 35-year-old woman who suffered an abdominal wound at an address in Ilford, east London, on Monday. A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder,” adds the article.
Mayor Sadiq Khan drew fierce criticism from local residents earlier this year when he publicly blamed “budget cuts” for the escalating violence sweeping the capital.
REPORT: Mexico Murder Rate UP 33% in 2018, Hits Record High of 33,341 Homicides
The homicide rate in Mexico increased by a stunning 33% in 2018; hitting an all-time high record as drug violence and gang war continues to plague the region.
“Murders in Mexico rose by 33 percent in 2018, breaking the record for a second year running, official data showed, underlining the task facing the new president who has pledged to reduce violence in the cartel-ravaged country,” writes Reuters.
According to the report, prosecutors opened a stunning 33,341 murder investigations in 2018 compared to the already high 25,036 investigations the previous year.
“Mexico has struggled with years of violence as the government has battled brutal drug cartels, often by taking out their leaders. That has resulted in fragmentation of gangs and increasingly vicious internecine fighting,” adds the article.
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