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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

In 2010, a Strange Statistic

Until last year's 110 murders, homicide numbers in Oakland had fallen for five straight years. In 2010 there were 56 fewer killings than there had been in 2006. But to most Oakland residents it still feels like we are experiencing Prohibition-Era levels of violence.

In December of 2011, Urban Strategies Council, who do a ton of serious and fascinating research about Oakland, released an analysis of homicides in the city in 2010. Probably the delay was due to the difficulty in getting information from the understaffed Oakland Police Department. Here are a few of their findings:

In 2010 there were 90 homicides in Oakland.
74 people were shot to death.
68 people were killed on a street or a sidewalk.
51 were killed either in Deep East Oakland or West Oakland.
86 victims were men.
70 victims were African-American.
None were white.

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