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Violent crime has plummeted in the Washington area and in major cities across the country, a trend criminologists describe as baffling and unexpected.
The District, New York and Los Angeles are on track for fewer killings this year than in any other year in at least four decades. Boston, San Francisco, Minneapolis and other cities are also seeing notable reductions in homicides.
"Experts did not see this coming at all," said Andrew Karmen, a criminologist and professor of sociology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.
In the District and Prince George's County,
One thing I could say IF crimes were decreasing - the general population has never been this well armed. That, in and of iteself, should give any criminal good cause to pause.
Originally posted by Retseh
Gun sales go up and crime goes down.
Only liberals remain confused.
Also in the memo: The Florida Department of Law Enforcement referred for possible criminal prosecution a case involving Miami police Cmdr. Lorenzo Whitehead, supervisor of the Coconut Grove substation. The FDLE found that Whitehead had ordered a sergeant investigating an armed robbery to downgrade the crime to an ``information report,'' making explicit reference to ``impact of the incident on crime statistics in his area.''