Land of the free – and armed

2017 was a good year for New York city – just 290 murders in the whole year, 12.5% down year-on-year.

By some assessments NYC is now a safer place than at any time since 1917, when there were 236 murders.

Not so good for Baltimore however – there were 343 murders there in 2017, the highest annual total ever; 56 per 100,000 inhabitants.

And 2017 was a bad year for civilians at the hands of the US police. They killed 1,129 people; 68 of them unarmed.

Picture source: Tony Webster