California city grapples with spike in killings 

San Bernardino: Police Chief Jarrod Burguan says there have been 49 homicides so far in 2016 and homicides this year.

By: AP | San Bernardino | Published: September 23, 2016 2:44:08 pm

The city of San Bernardino has been trudging through bankruptcy and recovering from last year’s terror attack that killed 14. Now the Southern California city is also grappling with an increase in killings and other violent crime.

Police Chief Jarrod Burguan says there have been 49 homicides so far in 2016 and homicides this year could double last year’s total. Burguan says many cities are struggling with a rise in violent crime though levels are nowhere near those of the 1990s.

He says the problem could be worse here due to California’s relaxation of drug crime penalties and a shortage of local police officers. Burguan says more than 70 percent of suspects in this year’s homicides had criminal records and so did more than 60 percent of those slain.

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