African American Homicides on the Rise in NYC

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(Amsterdam News) — Homicides increased in the city and murders among Blacks went up in 2010 according to the NYPD. The information was published in the NYPD’s report “Murder in New York City: 2010.”  In 2010, a total of 536 homicides occurred in the city. There was a 31 percent increase in Blacks who were murdered last year while there was a 27 percent decrease in whites who were murdered.  Brooklyn was labeled the deadliest borough, having 24 percent of the city’s homicides, specifically in the East New York neighborhood, which had 33 reported murders in the 75th Precinct.  Marq Claxton of the Black Law Enforcement Alliance said the news is a message and an excuse for the NYPD to police even harder in the Black community. While many might see the news as a startling wake-up call for Black New Yorkers, Claxton feels it unfairly labels Blacks as dangerous.

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