Baltimore Passes New York
Give them "space to destroy" and by golly, they took her up on it:
- Baltimore has surpassed New York City for homicides this year.
A New York Police spokeswoman said the city had seen 208 homicides as of Wednesday. Baltimore recorded its 213th homicide Wednesday night.
It's a seemingly impossible milestone -- New York has more than 8.4 million people, Baltimore just 620,000.
Adjusted for population, the numbers are staggering:
- Adjusted for population, Baltimore's murder rate through Aug. 19 is 34 per 100,000 people, while New York's is so far this year 2.5 per 100,000. If New York had Baltimore's murder rate, it would have seen 2,874 killings already this year.
The writers manage to get a zinger in on Chicago, too:
- Chicago has seen the most killings of any city, with 284. With 2.7 million people, Chicago's homicide rate is about 10.4 per 100,000 people so far this year.