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At the same time the homicide clearance rate is falling.
Typically, the department has averaged a 75 to 80 percent clearance rate. That number has dropped to about 61 percent so far this year — mirroring the national average, said Lt. Craig Longworth.
The Obama/Holder effect (aka the Ferguson effect) keeps on rolling.




St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Homicides and assaults involving guns are spiking in unincorporated areas of St. Louis County, and police leaders say there isn’t much they can do to combat the leading motive behind the violence: personal feuds.

The St. Louis County Police Department, which patrols about a third of the county’s population, had logged 28 homicides as of Wednesday, compared to 17 at the same time last year — a 65 percent increase.

St. Louis County police have projected the county’s homicide rate will jump to nine for every 100,000 people by the end of this year compared to about 6.25 per 100,000 in 2016. The department averaged about 4.2 murders per 100,000 population between 2010 and 2015.

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