Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A new analysis of unpublished FBI data shows that the homicide rate among blacks in Pennsylvania ranks as the highest in the nation

Dan Majors:

The report, released yesterday by the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C., is based on uniform crime reports from 2004 -- the most recent data available from the FBI -- and shows that handguns are used in an overwhelming majority of the homicides.

According to the report, there were 398 black homicide victims in Pennsylvania in 2004 -- 348 male, 50 female. Based on population figures, that is a homicide rate of 29.52 victims per 100,000 people.

The states that come closest to Pennsylvania's rate are Louisiana, with 29.48 victims per 100,000; Indiana, with 29.30; and California, with 28.95.

Pennsylvania's rate is more than 1 1/2 times the national average of 18.71 victims per 100,000 people, said Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center and co-author of the study.

"In short, the toll that homicide exacts on black teens and young adults in America, both male and female, is disproportionate, disturbing and undeniable," he said.

And of the 389 Pennsylvania homicides in which a weapon was identified, 335 -- roughly 86 percent -- involved guns.

Mr. Sugarmann said the Violence Policy Center, which he founded in 1988, is a national nonprofit research and educational organization funded by foundations. In the past seven years, the group has issued annual data on women who have been killed.

"We have seen policy-makers, advocates and news media use [the reports] to increase awareness and promote good public policy regarding domestic violence issues," he said. "This is the first time we've ever studied black homicides."

Homicide is the leading cause of death of blacks ages 15 to 19, 20 to 24, and 25 to 34.

In comparison, homicide ranks as the third-leading cause of death for whites in age groups 15 to 19 and 20 to 24 -- the top two causes are accidents and suicide. Among whites ages 25 to 34, homicide drops to the fifth-leading cause, behind accidents, suicide, cancer and heart disease.

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At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not surprised. I lived in philadelphia for a number of years through and after college and the crime rate was always bad. Every weekend, you could almost guarantee that there would be a new shooting, knifing, etc...Just Google the Lex Street drug house shooting in West Philadelphia for a quick snapshot of what happens down there. I also think there was one 2 week period in which 14 or 15 people were shot, basically one a day. Pittsburg is in not much better shape, maybe worse. It is unfortunate, but blacks don't seem to really care. Whe the police don't "do enough" blacks complain that there is no concer about crime from city hall. When police get aggressive, they complain that the police presence is racist harrassment. First, the complaint was that there were too many white cops in black neighborhoods, now, after the shooting last year in New York by hispanic and black cops, the complaint is that there should have been white cops. Go figure, as long as the crime stays in the black areas, does anyone really care? Blacks certainly don't. Where are Jesse and Al and the NAACP?

At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Pete said...

It's amazing that blacks like to complain about the "racist brutality" of white police officers when blacks are most likely to be killed by one of their own. Blacks don't want to deal with their communities' real enemies because those enemies are their sons and brothers.


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