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Over four in five victims of violent crimes in Dallas so far in 2024 have been Latinos and Blacks, according to an analysis of city data by the news site The Dallas Express.

The outlet analyzed demographic data from the city's Crime Analytics Dashboard and found that, out of the 10,201 violent crime victims reported in Dallas as of May 24, 82,32% (8,431) of the victims were either Hispanic or Black.

The vast majority of Black victims of violent crimes were assaulted, totaling 4,589 individuals, while 55 were murdered and 35 were raped.

The outlet reported similar trends among Latino crime victims in the Texan city. Of the 3,842 Latinos who were victims of violent crime this year as of May 24, 3,662 (95.31%) were victims of assault.

Dallas Police reported a 60% increase in business robberies compared
Of the 44 Hispanic rape victims in Dallas, all were female with a median age of 15.5 years old. Thomas R Machnitzki/Wikimedia Commons

Latino women and girls were also the most common victims of kidnapping, making up 26 of the 66 victims recorded during this period.

There are shifts in the demographic trends of violent crime by Dallas City Council district, according the analysis. While districts 4, 7, and 8 saw the most reports of Black victims of violent crime, districts 1, 2, and 6 saw the most reports of Latino victims.

In 2023, Dallas was one of the few major U.S. cities to witness an increase in murders, with a rate of nearly 19 per 100,000 residents, according to FBI reports based on yearly statistics from the Dallas Police.

In January 2024, the city's murder rate decreased by about 17% compared to the same month of the previous year, according to Dallas officials cited in an article by KERA News.

On the other hand, the Dallas Police reported a 60% increase in business robberies compared to last year, though officials said that only equates to around 16 robberies in total.

As reported by the Dallas Express, the Dallas Police Department is currently facing a significant staffing shortage, with approximately 3,000 officers on duty, a shortfall of around 1,000 officers compared to the 4,000 recommended by a prior city analysis.

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