The FBI just released their homicide statistics and the nation’s top
30 cities with the highest homicide rates in 2015 have been categorized.
While there are some surprises in new-comer cities such as Salinas, CA
with a 150% increase, and Waco, TX with a whopping 240% increase in
their homicide rates from 2014, the usual suspect cities remain on the
list, with some cities actually climbing higher towards the top of the
St. Louis, MO, is now the nation’s most dangerous city, with nearly
60 murders per 100,000 population. This figure represents an 18%
increase in per capita in homicides from 2014, as well as an
astronomical 490% increase in killings over the state average of 10
murders for every 100,000 citizens. In essence, you are safer as a
military combatant clearing ISIS strongholds in Iraq, than you would be
walking the mean streets of St. Louis, Missouri.
Your top ten most violent cities for 2015 are in descending order:
Baltimore with an amazing 71% increase and 60 murders per 100,000,
followed by Detroit at 44, New Orleans at 42, Birmingham, AL with 37 and
a 48% increase; Jackson, MS with 31; Baton Rouge at 26; Hartford, CT at
26 with a 73% increase, Salinas at 25, Milwaukee with 24 and
Washington, DC at 24 killings per 100,000 and a 50% increase over its
2014 murder rate.
While the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) for the past few years indicates
that violent crime nationwide has gone down slightly, the homicide
rates for most of our nation’s largest cities has actually continued to
rise; with some cities we can see experiencing dramatic rises in
Why is this?
Well, as a criminologist, that’s what I want to know.
Socio-criminally, I will tell you that the vast majority of violent
crimes stem from deeper cause and effect factors such as severe poverty,
lack of parenting, a lack of resonance in education and development of
meaningful job skills, alcohol/drug abuse and sales, gang activity and
illegal alien crime. These have been historic problems within the inner
city and minority communities. Let’s face it. Not a lot of people are
being bumped off in Beverly Hills, CA, or out in The Hampton’s.
The extreme disparity in the murder rate of Salinas, CA (pop.
150,000) in 2015 of 25 murders per/100,000 people (150% increase over
2014); as compared to Southern California’s Corona, CA (pop. 166,000)
with 5 total homicides with similar racial demographics, speaks far
beyond the issues of race and so-called “white privilege.” People,
politicians and criminologists have to begin asking serious and far more
‘politically incorrect’ questions such as, “Just what the heck else is going on in these cities to cause their homicide rates to climb into the stratosphere?”
Well, it appears as if the Marxist, militant anti-police,
anti-government organization Black Lives Matter is in part playing a
role in the significant rise in our nation’s homicide rate. How so? Well
for one thing, the radical efforts of the BLM through community and
political pressure and meddling negatively impact the physical and
psychological well-being of law enforcement officers patrolling the mean
streets of cities such as St. Louis, MO, Baltimore, Hartford,
Washington, DC, Milwaukee, and even small Salinas, CA.
As a retired detective and a crime researcher, I can attest that
being a cop in the U.S. is one of the most dangerous, physically and
mentally challenging, unappreciated and low-paying jobs in the nation.
Ever since the false narrative, never-happened “Hands up. Don’t shoot”
officer-involved shooting of felon and bully Michael Brown by victim
Officer Darren Wilson occurred in Ferguson, MO, officers have had their
backs up against the wall both politically and in reality. Just who
perpetrated the false narrative of “Hands up; don’t shoot?” Black Lives Matter did.
The BLM also forwarded the now forensically proven false narrative
that Baltimore police officers “murdered” Freddie Gray in the back of a
police transport van. That of course, never happened. But those false
narratives didn’t stop the BLM from rioting in the streets of Ferguson,
Baltimore and other cities where they fought with police and burned down
black owned businesses. Since Black Lives Matter established chapters
in those communities, the violent crime and homicide rates in those
cities have climbed shy-high.
The psychological almost PTSD “Ferguson Effect” upon officer morale
in this country, in large part caused by Black Lives Matter political
intrigue, has been researched and found to be quite accurate.
In response to the salacious, false narratives of so called
“systemic, organized police violence against minority races” and the
“execution of unarmed blacks by police;” politically expedient
politicians nationwide not wanting to have bands of Black Lives Matter
provocateurs, marauders and arsonists visit their cities and destroy
their downtown business distracts (ala Ferguson and Baltimore); have
ratified and acquiesced to some elements of the BLM’s Campaign Zero plan
for law enforcement which seeks to disenfranchise, diminish, defund and
dissolve law enforcement’s presence in their communities.
Police officers, who have historically complained about the lack of
leadership at the top levels of their departments, have been forced to
cope with their own chiefs bending to BLM supportive mayors and city
councils who are seeking through ignorant policies to change the
policing paradigm that thwarts law enforcement’s ability to proactively
mitigate and reduce violent and property crimes. For example, in New
York City the very effective crime reducing “stop and frisk” program is
gone. In Seattle, WA, the city council just authorized a change in
police use of force policy referred to as “proportional force” which is
extremely dangerous to officers and inconsistent with constitutional
case law and legal police practices.
It is far more than coincidental that Black Lives Matter has a
chapter, a Facebook and/or an active physical presence in nearly every
one of America’s thirty most violent cities. As police morale plummets
because officers have been increasingly disenfranchised from their own
communities, the crime rates in those same cities has risen to
In the #3 most violent city Detroit, MI where their 2015 homicide
rate was 44% higher than the previous year and other violent and
property crimes are through the roof, police arrest rates have dropped
80% from 300 arrests a day down to 60 according to Police Commander
Steve Dolunt. The unappreciated police in that violent city are expected
to take on violent criminals, critical politicians and community
activist Black Lives Matter members for a salary of $8/hour after taxes
and pension deductions.
Police morale in our nation’s #2 most violent city Baltimore, is so
bad that the city’s Police Commissioner recently cancelled all leaves
due to insufficient manpower to run the department’s daily operations.
The reasons given? Failing police recruitment and retention problems;
low staffing, pension issues, riots and political interference by Black
In our nation’s #4 most violent city New Orleans, the New Orleans PD
has been losing one officer every three days since 2010. In a recent
poll of its officers, 75% said that the department and city are worse
off than they were three years ago. The polled officers cite citizen
discontent, unfair, politically motivated Internal Affairs
investigations, lack of equipment, poor equipment, poor leadership and
political interference as the reasons for their lack of resonance in
doing their jobs. It is no wonder that the New Orleans murder rate rose
40% from 2014 to 2015.
In all three cities – Detroit, Baltimore and New Orleans, Black Lives
Matter has active chapters and have repeatedly organized anti-police
Black Lives Matter poses an extreme danger to the black community
Black Lives Matter brings nothing but trouble for the black community
its leaders purport to support. The reality is that the BLM does
nothing but exacerbate the problem of violent crime and homicides in the
black community because its intended anti-police activities reduce
police morale. This in turn causes officers who feel that they are
poorly led, horribly paid, underappreciated and disenfranchised, to
curtail their proactive enforcement efforts which historically has
proven to be a very effective violent and property crime reduction
strategy. This helps no one.
FBI UCR crime statistics for 2016 document that black homicides of
12.37 per 100,000 blacks were nearly 1,200% higher than white homicides
at 1.4 /100,000 and nearly 600% higher than Hispanic homicides at
2.5/100,000. Black robbery rates at 104 per 100,000 black persons were
four times higher than Hispanic robberies at 23/100,000 and over ten
times the white on white robbery rate at 10/100,000. Blacks sexually
assaulting other blacks at 13.5/100,000 were twice as high as Hispanic
sexual assaults at 7/100,000 and over three times higher than white on
white sexual assaults at 4/100,000.
Sufficed to say, urban blacks seeking a safer and less violent
environment would be foolish encourage the presence or “support” of a
Black Lives Matter chapter in their community. Then why do they? The
answer is easy. They just don’t the truth about the Black Lives Matter
movement and its war on police who protect the rule of law.
Black Lives Matter are shrewd manipulators of the black community and media
The leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement are shrewd operators
and manipulators of the social and mainstream media. They forward
knowingly false narratives about police, while presenting themselves as
fighters of the oppressed. When uninformed people resonate with
emotionally based and highly charged anti-police, anti-government
rhetoric, it is difficult for them to consider forensic facts. It’s a
simple as that.
As one can see, there are unintended consequences for supporting the
propaganda and actions of the Black Lives Matter movement. When you live
in a high-crime community and you disenfranchise your police; you
effectively remove all options and solutions towards reducing your
violent crime rate. In effect, you become hostages in your own homes
without a safety net.
You cannot force your police to take unacceptable risks to help you
when they believe you cannot be trusted to support them when the chips
are down. After all, it’s a fact that Black Lives Matter won’t be
showing up at your door to risk their lives when you call 9-1-1 in the
middle of the night. Just some food for thought.
About the Author
Ron Martinelli, Ph.D., CMI-V, is a
nationally renowned forensic criminologist and police expert. Dr.
Martinelli is a retired police department who specializes in homicide
investigations. He is the author of the book, “The Truth Behind the Black Lives Matter Movement and the War On Police,” (amazon.com). DrRon is the host of “A Thread of Evidence,” on www.americaoutloud.com where you can follow him nightly at 6 pm PST, 8 pm CST and 9 pm EST starting January 9th, 2018.