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Violent crime, including murder, continued its rise across the country during the first half of 2016, and the largest cities seeing a 21.6 percent increase in murders, says a new FBI report.
Comparing the first six months of 2015 to the first six months of 2016, the FBI found murders rose 5.2 percent, aggravated assaults rose 6.5 percent, robbery rose 3.2 percent, and rapes under both the “legacy” and “revised” definitions increased 4.4 percent and 3.5 percent, respectively.
The report was issued days after President Barack Obama publicly denied the rising tide of crime. “There is no growing crime wave,” Obama insisted in an essay for the Harvard law Review, published Jan. 5.
Regardless of Obama’s statements, crime rates rose nationwide, the FBI report shows: