TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! EXPERT KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE RATE ANALYSIS REVEALS DROP IN OTHER FORMS OF VIOLENT CRIME IS MISLEADING!!!
Dr. Ernest Evans is one of the most thoughtful, captivating and knowledgeable experts on the study of violent crime in Kansas City.
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A SPECIAL THANKS TO DR. EVANS ON HIS EXPERT ANALYSIS OF KANSAS CITY VIOLENT CRIME TRENDS MYTHBUSTING CLAIMS THAT OTHER VIOLENT OFFENSES ARE DECREASING AS THE MURDER COUNT SPIKES!!!
Better than rhetoric, promises or political gestures . . . Dr. Evans offers stats and data to back up his assertions.
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TONIGHT'S LESSON FROM DR. EVANS FEATURES A RACIAL BREAKDOWN OF LOCAL CRIME AND WARNS OF A CRISIS IN KANSAS CITY'S AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY!!!
The numbers are staggering and it's important to address this crisis in no uncertain terms. Again, a special thanks to Dr. Evans for offering stats and data in one of the most informed passages we've seen on Kansas City violent crime and homicide to date.
Grim Crime Milestone In KCMO
As of Sept. 30, 2013 there have been 86 homicides in calender year 2013 in KCMO--compared to 80 at this point in 2012. When you break down this figure of 86 homicides by race, you see a disturbing trend: Of those 86 homicides, 63 are black and 23 are other races.
To understand why the city should be concerned about this racial breakdown of the 2013 homicides you have to go back several years. Starting in 2006, most cities in the US began to experience declines in their homicide totals. KCMO in 2006 and 2007 was part of that pattern: In 2006 we had 106 homicides, in 2007 we had 94--62 black and 32 other races. But then in 2008 a disturbing new pattern emerges: In every year since 2007 we have had a higher number of black homicides than we had in 2007, but a lower number of homicides of other races. As I said, right now we are at 63 black homicides and 23 homicides for other races--so. with three months left in the year we are already higher in 2013 than the total number of black homicides in all of 2007.
The surge in black homicides that KCMO began to experience in early 2008 appears to be continuing, despite a series of vigorous city programs to combat crime. And, while apologists for the city have pointed to the decline in other forms of violent crime in black neighborhoods since the spring of 2008, these stats should be approached with caution.
It has long been clear to students of crime that homicide stats and stats for other forms of violent crime are inversely related: When homicide stats go up, other forms of violent crime "fall"--they do not really fall, it is just that the criminal elements and the gangs have become so powerful that people are afraid to report violent crimes. Classic case: Chicago in 2012. In 2012 Chicago had a homicide bloodbath--500 homicides in that year, compared to 419 in NYC, a city three times as big as Chicago. Yet, in the midst of this homicide bloodbath, other forms of violent crime in Chicago "fell." I very much doubt that they fell--what really happened is that the citizens were so terrified of the surge of violence that they were afraid to report crimes for fear of retaliation. I am confident that the same thing has been happening the the black neighborhoods of KCMO since the spring of 2008. Put simply, since April of 2008 there has been a true crime disaster in the black neighborhoods of KCMO.