DETROIT (WWJ) – New FBI statistics show Michigan had an increase in violent crime more than double the national average.
In Michigan the stats show an increase in violent crimes of just over 9 percent to more than 45,000 violent crimes last year. Drilling down further: the number of murders in Michigan was up 13 to 598. The largest increase in the state was aggravated assaults, a 15.5 percent increase, from about 26,600 to nearly 31,000. The number of rapes was also up. The number of robberies, however, dropped.
Clearly, Detroit remains a trouble spot. About a third of all violent crime in the state occurred in Detroit, 13,705 — and 303 murders; more than half of the murders in the state, were committed in Detroit. [How safe is your city? View a detailed breakdown].
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been insisting that last year’s crime increase was not a blip. All year he has referred to evidence in specific cities as proof that crime was rising, CBS News reports; and these new numbers help support his claim. Last Thursday Sessions gave a speech previewing the FBI report and citing it as vindication for his oft-criticized remarks about the rise in crime.