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What is Louisiana's black homicide rate?

Louisiana has been known to be home to more homicides than many other states, and this has recently been found once again to be true. According to a report from January 21, Louisiana has the 5th highest number of black homicides in the United States. The study shows that the victimization rate is 25.75 people per 100,000, which is over six times the national overall homicide rate nationwide.

According to an annual study by the Violence Policy Center, the 2012 report shows that national black homicide victimization rate as 18.03 per 100,000. The state with the most black homicides was Missouri, which ranked first with 34.98 homicides per 100,000. That is close to double the national average for total black homicide victimizations.

The study proves that blacks in the United States are still affected by homicides in a disproportionate amount. As an example of this, consider the fact that black victims represented 50 percent of all homicide victims, but blacks only make up 13 percent of the nation's total population.

In Louisiana, the statistics show that the number of victims were overwhelmingly male. Three hundred forty males were killed as opposed to 44 women. Eighty-seven percent of the victims were shot and killed with guns, and 82 percent of people were killed by someone they knew. Seventy-seven percent of the homicides were related to an argument between the offender and victim, the study shows.

Homicides are not uncommon in Louisiana, and if you've been accused of committing one, you may be in deep trouble with the law. If you're interested in learning how to defend yourself and to help maintain your reputation, you may want to speak with someone familiar with Louisiana's laws.

Source: 4WWL, "Louisiana has 5th highest black homicide victimization rate" Jan. 21, 2015

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