Montgomery, Alabama (AFP) – In the last five years, Alabama has experienced a rise in violent crimes, according to a new study.
A year ago, there were just eight violent crimes recorded in the state, according a new report by the US Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Now, there are 25.
But the rise is not all bad news for the state.
The report shows that the number of people killed by police officers, or by other violent criminals, has fallen from more than 40,000 in 2013 to just over 10,000 a year later.
But that’s not the only reason why violent crime in the United States has dropped.
The US Bureau of Economic Analysis has also released a report on the state that shows that, while the number is down, the number at the bottom has grown.
According to the report, the poverty rate among Alabama’s poor has gone up since 2012, while it fell by 2.2 percentage points in 2013.
The state has also seen an overall decline in the number who commit violent crimes since 2010, when the violent crime rate in the US hit a record high.
The new data, which has been released as part of the 2016 US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, has come amid a national debate about race and police brutality.
In the United Kingdom, where the police have been criticised for a spike in violence, the police watchdog has launched an inquiry into whether officers are being racially profiled.
And last week, the Justice Department said it would investigate whether the US Department of Justice failed to properly investigate and prosecute police officers accused of civil rights abuses in Ferguson, Missouri.