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  • Year-end homicide total marks a 7-year high for Charlotte

    WBTV - 12/30/2016

    Though census data shows that about 35 percent of Charlotte residents are black, about 80 percent of the 2016 homicide victims were black.

    That imbalance is a little bit higher than the national average, said James Alan Fox, a professor of criminology, law and public policy at Northeastern University.

    The high rate of black victims nationally isn’t about “race itself,” Fox said, but socioeconomic and other factors that together create precarious circumstances.

    Not included in the 67 homicides are six cases in which a law enforcement officer killed someone in Charlotte this year.

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