Rise Seen in Black Victims

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March 9, 2011 ‐ By TheEditor

(Wall Street Journal) — A 31% spike in murders of African-Americans in 2010 accounted for all of last year’s nearly 14% citywide increase in homicides, according to an analysis by the New York Police Department.  Black people, who comprise 25% of the city’s population, accounted for 67% of the 536 murders in 2010, according to the report released Tuesday. Black men 15 to 29 years old were most likely to be killed. They make up less than 3% of the city’s population but last year represented 33% of all homicide victims, according to the report.

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