Mistrust with police major driver of gun violence in US

A new report on gun violence in the United States highlights the connection between distrust with the police to lower crime reporting and increased vigilante justice.

The report by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence explores a spike in gun violence in many major American cities between 2014 and 2017 and its connection to police violence and growing distrust between police and the communities they serve.

“This report condenses the leading recent research in the field to explain how cycles of distrust and disengagement fuel cycles of violence,” the report’s executive summary said.

That wariness leads victims to not report crimes or participate as witnesses in investigations, the report concluded. After high-profile instances of police brutality, 911 calls to law enforcement drop in part of a “cycle of distrust” that makes it harder for police to solve crimes, thus making arrest numbers decline.

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