Violent crime in the United States is a major problem with no end in sight. James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), even went so far as to predict that the number of murders and aggravated assaults will continue to rise in the future because law enforcement simply doesn’t have the resources needed to stem the tide.
Gang violence in several major U.S. cities has been exacerbated by a number of factors, including the splintering of gangs into rival factions and a decreased emphasis on creating specialized police units to combat these gangs.
Another issue that has made gang violence particularly deadly is the proliferation of guns across the US. Gun-related crimes are on the rise throughout the country, including Newark NJ, New York City and Chicago. In fact, the Chicago Police Department has already seized more than 3,500 illegal firearms so far in 2016.
Beyond gun violence, there is also the issue of drug-related crimes contributing to violent criminal actions. Data shows that regions targeted by drug trafficking operations are more likely to be plagued by violent crime.
Additionally, there is concern among law enforcement officials that a recent rash of high-profile police brutality cases has led to a deterioration of trust between the public and police.
Darrell Stephens, the executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, a nonprofit group that provides assistance to police chiefs in the nation’s 50 largest cities, said that recent crime data collected by the organization highlights a scary trend: violent crime is on the rise across the country. Not only was there a rise in the total number of homicides, assaults and robberies from 2014 to 2015, there was also a significant increase in violent crime over the first three months of 2016.
To learn more, check out the Yahoo.com article, “US Cities See Unexplained Rise in Violent Crimes This Year.”
If you or a loved one has been charged with aggravated assault, homicide, armed robbery or any other violent crime in New Jersey, you need to talk to an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. Contact the Law Firm of Stephen R. Piper today for a free consultation about your case.