Like Boston, many U.S. cities are struggling to stem a wave of violent crime and murder that has raised questions of whether police are fighting terrorism at the expense of street crime, and whether a widening wealth gap feeds the problem.
^^^^ CB: The question whether a widening wealth gap feeds the problem is rhetorical.
"The violent crime rate started to rise again nationwide during the recession of 2001 and 2002, when many state governments, local city governments and the Feds cut back on their crime-fighting efforts," said Levin.
Criminologists are worried. Federal Bureau of Investigation data shows murders and shootings hitting smaller cities and states with little experience of serious urban violence. The last similar period of volatility was right before the big crime wave of the 1980s and 1990s.
^^^^ CB; Awww poor criminologists. Is crime rising in the little places they like ?