Murder rates across the country are climbing after experiencing some of the lowest rates in recent years, the New York Times reported on Monday. At least 35 U.S. cities have reported a spike in murders, violent crimes or both, including in New Orleans, where 120 people had been killed as of late August compared with 98 during the same period last year.
Baltimore homicides increased to 215 from 138 during the same period a year earlier while St. Louis saw a 60 percent increase to 136 murders from 85 homicides during the same point in 2014.
The Justice Department is expected to launch an initiative to deal with the increased murder rates at a conference in September. Read more at the New York Times.