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Friday, December 2, 2011

People Aren't Killing Each Other as Much in California

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Fewer opporuntities to say "redrum" in California
  • Fewer opporuntities to say "redrum" in California

Despite all the horrible crises we read about every day (budget, education, etc.), Californians have much to be proud of -- the scenic beauty, the diverse culture, and get this: We aren't killing each other as much as we used to.

According to General Attorney Kamala Harris, the total number of homicides declined from 1,970 in 2009 to 1,809 in 2010, a 7.8 percent drop. Moreover, the number of homicide cases solved has increased for the fifth consecutive year, with a 63.8 percent clearance rate in 2010.

The report, titled "Homicide in California 2010" details information about murders and victims as well as the death penalty and the number of police officers killed in the line of duty.

According to the report, 80.3 percent of homicide victims were male, while 19.7 percent were female. Hispanics were murdered more than any other race, followed by blacks.

Other depressing statistics from the report:

  • Females were more likely to be killed in their residence while men were more likely to be killed on the streets or sidewalks.
  • In those cases where the relationship between the victim and the killer was known, 44 percent of victims were killed by friends or acquaintances.
  • 71 percent of homicides involved a firearm.
  • In homicides where contributing circumstances were known, 36.1 percent were gang-related.
  • 709 people were sitting on death row at the end of 2010.
  • Four police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2010.
Have a safe weekend.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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