Crime Statistics

Hello my name is Amber Morgan, and I am a freshman at Divine Child High School soon. I have recently read your article, “Before Presidential Town Hall a look at Crime Statistics”

When I first read your aritcle on crime statistics I did not fully understand how just four city could increase the countries crime rates so drastically. After some research on the topic I found that large city do indeed affect the crime rates due to last year increases of street violence and murder in four large cities — Baltimore, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Washington, DC. Richard Rosenfeld, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and an authority on crime trend shares with New York Times “A one-year rise in murders that is quite substantial — the largest in about half a century,” He counted “Alarm is not the appropriate response,” he said, “but the priority should be in improving police-community relations.”

In the Aticle it’s states that “Murder rates are projected to increase 13.1 percent this year, but nearly half of that spike is due to violence in Chicago.” But how Chicago will be responsible for this increase in murder rates. A a bit a exploring on the subject I found that the city has had 528 homicide so far this year. Eddie Johnson Chicago Police Superintendent agree with your statement that “An improved relationship between the police and communities — along with other evidence-based policing practices like CompStat — could help build upon progress already made and help alleviate local problems across the country” Johnson told reporters on Sept. 6 that “It’s not a police issue, it’s a society issue,” “Impoverished neighborhoods, people without hope do these kinds of things… You show me a man that doesn’t have hope, I’ll show you one that’s willing to pick up a gun and do anything with it”

The “stop-and-frisk” policy, is wear a police officers can stop and question a pedestrian, then frisk them for weapons and other contraband. Many people feel that this may be racial profiling, and and it may be a violation of there constitutional rights. Judge Shira Scheindlin District Court in New York, ruled on Monday tactics underlying New York City’s stop-and-frisk program violated the constitutional rights of minority citizens. Your ariltcle you only go beefily in to the topic and I was wonder your opinion on if this is constitutional and if ploice should be allow to “stop and frisk”.

A few more queston I have are, How do you feel that making an improved relationship between the police and communities would help lower the crime rate? Why do you feel that we have recorded braking low crime rates but our muder rate is rapidly increasing each year?

Thank for taking the time to read my letter plese write back soon,

Sincerely, Amber Morgan

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