Murders up 10.8% in Biggest Percentage Increase Since 1971, FBI Data Shows

Crime trend experts said they expected politicians to overplay the significance of the new numbers and to react with “hysteria”. “You lost 50lb. You gained back a couple. You’re not fat,” said Jeffrey Butts, the director of the Research & Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look at your behavior, because the trend is not good.”

BlackLivesMatter: Nueve Nombres y Tres Vídeos Virales para Entender por qué EEUU Está tan Enfadado

Para Jeffrey Butts, director del Centro de Investigación del John Jay College de Justicia Criminal, la respuesta ciudadana tiene que ver la viralidad con que se han propagado en internet los testimonios gráficos de estas muertes. “Antes pasaban años entre uno de estos casos emblemáticos y otro; ahora nos enteramos de cada uno de ellos”, explica a Verne Butts. “Esta narrativa personal mueve a las personas más que estadísticas llenas de datos”, añade. De hecho, los disturbios de Ferguson (Misuri), donde murió Brown, figuran entre los temas más comentados del año en Facebook y en Twitter. Cuando habla de “narrativa personal”, Butts se refiere a vídeos como el de la muerte de Garner, en la que se veía al agente Daniel Pantaleo reduciendo hasta estrangular a Garner por vender cigarrillos sueltos mientras éste repetía “No puedo respirar”.

Was mom punched outside dance studio in broad daylight latest victim of sinister ‘knockout game’?”

CBS reports that in Pennsylvania, on teacher was hit so hard he collapsed head first on a concrete curb. A man from New York City was punched and knocked out cold. Jeffrey Butts of John Jay College told CBS that he thinks the game is popular amongst teenagers trying to prove their manhood but who in the end just prove that they are 'still children.'

In U.S., ‘Knockout Game’ Turns Deadly

“It’s hard to excuse this behaviour,” said Jeffrey Butts, a psychologist specializing in juvenile delinquency at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “When someone runs into a store and demands money, you can sort of understand why they’re doing it, desperation, whatever. But just hitting someone for the sheer thrill of seeing if you can knock someone out is just childish.”

It was not so Different

In the United States, the increase in consumption of crack after 1984 occurred along with a noticeable increase in violent crime in urban centers as New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore, San Francisco, Boston and Seattle. This experience generates a certain concern in the American media: will the exportation of the phenomenon to the biggest Latin American economy, three decades later, increase the risks of security for tourists attending the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics?

Le juge et l’enfant

Au moins quarante-quatre États américains ont promulgué depuis 1992 des lois permettant de juger des adolescents comme des adultes. Selon Jeffrey Butts, chercheur à l'Urban Institute de Washington, les peines obligatoires de rigueur et le durcissement du système judiciaire juvénile engendrent des sentences " surprenantes " : " Nous avons repoussé les limites de la culpabilité et de la responsabilité."

The Economist

Perhaps the most compelling argument against curfews is that there is no evidence they work. Many boasts have been made by policemen and mayors, says Jeffrey Butts of the Urban Institute, a think-tank, but most of their curfews have merely been riding the wave of declining crime rates across America. He insists that there is no substantive research that shows a link between curfews and reduced crime.

Face aux Gangs d’Adolescents, les Etats-Unis Misent sur la Police de Proximité

En fait, selon Jeffrey Butts, les causes sont diverses et d'abord économiques : avec le taux de chômage le plus bas depuis des décennies, davantage de délinquants ont trouvé un travail, la possibilité de survivre en jouant le jeu. D'où une amélioration de la sécurité dans les rues et la renaissance des centres-villes.

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