TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! CRIME EXPERT DR. ERNEST EVANS BREAKS DOWN TRENDING KANSAS CITY VIOLENCE!!!
While the conclusions in this passage might spark debate, there's no doubting the expertise and insight for Dr. Ernest Evans who offers evidence and statistical research along with law enforcement testimony to inform his analysis.
This Saturday, here is the latest update from this local expert as the violent local holidays approach. Take a look:
Dr. Ernest Evans: Crime Patterns in KCMO, 2014-2016
In 2014 KCMO had one of the lowest levels of homicides in its history: a total of 82. Of these 82 homicides, 51 were black people and 31 were white/Asian/Hispanic. Homicides increased in 2015, but only in the black neighborhoods of the city: In 2015 there were 111 homicides, 80 black and 31 white/Asian/Hispanic. And, as of Nov. 19, 2016, this pattern of an increase in black homicides while other races remain constant appears to be continuing: So far in 2016 there have been 108 homicides in KCMO: 85 black people and 23 white/Asian/Hispanic.
This appears to be consistent with national crime patterns. There was a large increase in homicides in 2015 over 2014--about 11%, the largest one year change in homicide totals since the increase in 1968 over 1967. And, a massively disproportionate share of this increase nationally in 2015 over 2014 was due to an increased number of black homicide victims.
The fact that most of the crime increase in the past two years comes in the form of additional black victims argues against the idea that the crime surge is due to easy availability of guns. Guns are just as common among whites, Asians and Hispanics are they are in black neighborhoods, but there has been so similar surge in homicides in these neighborhoods. The most likely explanation for the surge in violence in the nation's black neighborhoods is what FBI Director James Comey calls "The Ferguson Effect."
You decide . . .