Thursday's Good News: Homicide/Shooting Rates Have Dipped In First Quarter Of The Year
Given that it's Thursday, which means it's one day closer to Friday, we figured that it's time to shine some light on the good news out there in the world.
According to NYPD data released yesterday, the shooting and murder rates are down in New York City, with comparison to this time last year; the former has dropped by 24 percent and the latter by 30 percent.
At this time in 2012, 94 murders were recorded--fast forward 365 days and New York now has only (that might not be the proper word but, relatively, it works) witnessed 66 murders. The most affected neighborhoods included Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, and East Flatbush.
During a conference for Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly once again defended his agency's actions without mentioning the "s-and-f" word. Instead, he pointed to statistics that put a damper on just about everything:
African-Americans, who represent 25 percent of the city's population, made up 64 percent of the murder victims and 71 percent of the shooting victims last year. African-American men between the ages of 16 and 37, who are just 4 percent of the city's population, comprised 40 percent of those murdered citywide; 82 percent of these young men were killed with a firearm.
But we'll stick to the "good news" angle as long as we can stretch it out.
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