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Trump says he’s the ‘law and order’ candidate — America’s police chiefs just weighed in

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Donald Trump has position himself as the “law and order” candidate for president and now he’s getting some backup on that claim..

“Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement,” Trump said during his acceptance speech after he won the Republican nomination for president. “Homicides last year increased by 17% in America’s fifty largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years. In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent. They are up nearly 60 percent in nearby Baltimore.”

President Obama quickly took issue with Trump’s claims.

“Over the last four or five years, during the course of my presidency, violent crime in the United States is the lowest it’s been since probably the 1960s, maybe before the early 1960s. There’s been an incredible drop in violent crime,” Obama said while his media lapdogs quickly rushed to confirm he was correct.

And he was, but so was Trump, the Weekly Standard reported.

…the long-term downward trend in crime from the 1960s (when the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system started in earnest) until 2014 (the last year of fully available data sets). Violent crime (murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault combined) rose dramatically from 161 per 100,000 in 1960 to a peak in 1991 of 758 per 100,000 before falling to 365.5 per 100,000 residents in 2014.

What most of the fact-checkers and President Obama omit is that we actually do possess data beyond 2014. The truth is—and it depends on your definition of is—the most recent large city crime data shows that violent crime, particularly murder, is up significantly since 2014.

University of Missouri-Saint Louis professor Rick Rosenfeld discovered, in a study of 56 major cities, that the decline in the murder rate stopped, and rose, in 2015. A fact that was corroborated by The Major Cities Police Chiefs Association.

The Association revealed in May showed that the rise in the murder rate continued into the first quarter of 2016.

On Monday the MCCA showed the violence and crime continued to rise throughout 2016 as murders in major cities rose 15 percent and overall crime saw a rise of 2.4 percent during the first half of the year, according to the Standard.

Carmine Sabia

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