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Where Crime Is Rising in 2016

There is still no catastrophic crime wave overtaking the U.S., but the situation in Chicago cannot be ignored.
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Donald Trump talks about crime and immigration (often stitched together) when on the campaign trail in the way that scientist James Hansen talks about climate change. Both approach their topics with rousing alarm that these threats are quickly rising to the point of total destabilization, especially for cities. The crucial difference is that there is a glut of research from hundreds of sources spanning decades across the globe to back up climate change prognostication. Trump has the opposite on his side: incomplete crime stats from over a few months or years at best, cherrypicked from a few cities in an attempt to make his screeds about urban crime waves stick.