Trump just said the national murder rate is at its highest point in years – that is false
Buzzfeed - 02/07/2017
Criminologist Dr. James Alan Fox, from Northeastern University, says that Trump is “dead wrong” and “misunderstanding the situation.”
Fox notes that one reason that this one-year spike in the homicide rate in 2015 occurred was because the number had reached such a low in 2014. According to the FBI’s UCR, in 2014 there were 4.5 murders per 100,000 people nationwide. “It wouldn’t be such a huge jump if the base number wasn’t so low,” Fox says.