The Brennan Center released a report this week on crime and murder in the country with the headline “New Data: Crime and Murder Down in 2017” stating that “an analysis of new 2017 crime data shows that all measures of crime — overall crime, violence, and murder — are projected to decline this year.” I questioned some of the finding and methodology on twitter but thought it was important to expand on my problems with the report here.
There is an old myth in New Orleans that gun violence is worst when it is hotter outside. This is true in other parts of the country that have considerably more seasonal variation, but down here it is just a myth. Tracking over 2,700 shootings since January 2010 shows that there is no relationship between how hot it is and the number of shootings that occur.
NOPD released their unofficially official Uniform Crime Report statistics recently for the second quarter of 2017 and the numbers aren’t particularly pretty. Overall crime is up 11.9 percent relative to the first half of 2016 with a 9.2 percent increase in person crime (murder, rape, robbery and assault) and a 12.6 percent increase in property crime (burglary, theft and auto theft). NOPD provides just the quarterly numbers so comparing them to previous years is up to us.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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