From the NYT: Unfortunately, I can't yet find this data online. Update: Commenter Drake found it here. After receiving an advance look at the data, the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey Jr., expressed alarm Wednesday about the spike in murders in some major cities. Reigniting the debate over a “Ferguson effect,” he told reporters that... Read More
To disprove "scare headlines" about a rise in crime following the Ferguson agitation (which started 8/9/2014), the good folks at ESPN's FiveThirtyEight have assembled homicide data for 59 of the 60 biggest cities in the country for 1/1/2014 through 8/8/2014 and for 1/1/2015 through 8/8/2015: I've taken FiveThirtyEight's table of data and created the graph... Read More
A New York Times article reporting on a sharp increase in homicides over the last year in places like Milwaukee, Baltimore and St. Louis led to much tut-tutting from outlets like Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight about how this was cherrypicking and all around Bad Science . So now FiveThirtyEight has rounded up the homicide numbers for... Read More
From the NYT: For new Attorney General Loretta Lynch to focus on white-collar criminals would be a big change from former Attorney General Eric Holder's obsession with white non-criminals like Darren Wilson and non-white non-criminals like George Zimmerman.