Violent Crime Increased in California Again in 2016
According to new state figures, California saw an increase in violent crimes for the second year in a row. This data also includes the first detailed look at peace officers’ use of force.
The Department of Justice’s inaugural use of force report, required by recent state legislation, covers incidents that caused serious bodily injury or death. According to the agency, there were 782 such incidents in 2016, including 328 that involved the discharge of a firearm.
Of the use of force on civilians by peace officers, 39.9 percent featured the discharge of a firearm, with more than three-quarters of the shots hitting their target. Of the use of force received by officers, about 10 percent involved the discharge of a firearm, with almost nine out of 10 shots missing their target.
The 2016 statewide crime data show 174,701 violent crimes last year, an increase of 4.9 percent from the 166,588 violent crimes in 2015. Last year’s total is 15.4 percent higher than the violent crime tally in 2014.
If Senate Bill 10 passes, the overall crime rate will increase further, because many repeat offenders will be released without an incentive to show up to court dates.