Murder Rate Spikes in Many U.S. Cities

2015 numbers way up over same time last year

These cities are the top 5 increases

The New York Times crunched the homicide numbers in the U.S. this year and found a disturbing trend:

The murder rate in American cities is on the rise. The increase in murders counters decades-long declines. Here's a sampling of what the Times found:
In Milwuakee 104 people have been killed this year — after 86 homicides in all of 2014. More than 30 other cities have also reported increases in violence from a year ago. In New Orleans, 120 people had been killed by late August, compared with 98 during the same period a year earlier. In Baltimore, homicides had hit 215, up from 138 at the same point in 2014. In Washington, the toll was 105, compared with 73 people a year ago. And in St. Louis, 136 people had been killed this year, a 60 percent rise from the 85 murders the city had by the same time last year