Apr 16, 2014 fbook icon twitter icon rss icon

Losing Drug War? Half of NYC Murders Drug Related

Proponents of ending the War on Drugs and making narcotics legal have another piece of evidence to back up their argument -- half of the murders in New York City are drug-related.

The New York Daily News reviewed the latest NYPD crime statistics, and the numbers show that so far this year, 49% of all murder victims are involved with drug use and/or drug sales, and 53% of murder suspects have some kind of involvement with drugs.

Drugs are the exclusive motive in 12% of killings. But police say that figure is much higher when other factors such as previous disputes and criminal histories of victims and suspects are included.

The statistics show 67% of murder victims are black, 25% Hispanic and just 4% white.

The report also said guns were used in 62% of all killings. 65% occurred outdoors. Only 10% of murder suspects were women, and 77% of victims knew their killers.

Other random numbers: 

-- The deadliest day of the week: Saturday (89 murders)
-- The safest: Tuesday (58 murders)
-- The deadliest time of day: 3 am to 4 am (41 murders) 

Overall, murders are up slightly this year in New York City. Through December there have been 476 murders, compared to a record low of 470 last year.


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