“If you want more shootings and more death, then listen to the (American Civil Liberties Union), Black Lives Matter, or Antifa,” Sessions said. “If you want public safety, then listen to the police professionals who have been studying this for 35 years.”
Baltimore remains America's most dangerous city with a population greater than 500,000, recording 342 homicides in 2017, a staggering rate of 56 murders per 100,000 people. It was even worse in St. Louis, with a population of around 300,000 and a murder rate of 66 per 100,000 people.
There was some good news for America’s urban centers. According to an analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan public policy and law institute, murder rates dropped 8.1 percent in the country’s biggest cities.
The Brennan Center is forecasting a similar drop in 2018, projecting the murder rate in America's 30 biggest cities to drop 7.6 percent.