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Like Baltimore, other U.S. cities are grappling with homicide spike

Like Baltimore, other U.S. cities are grappling with homicide spike

Violent crime has spiked in a number of large American cities, including New York, Chicago and Houston, with Baltimore seeing one of the steepest increases in homicides. A common reason for the simultaneous rise in violence across disparate landscapes is difficult to pinpoint. Criminologists and public officials point to a range of possible factors, including easy access to guns, drug battles and failure to address underlying issues such as poverty and addiction. Some also speculate about a so-called Freddie Gray effect or Ferguson effect, in which police are hesitant to do their jobs and criminals are emboldened to resist authority. Charis E. Kubrin, a professor of criminology at...

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