FBI says Detroit is most violent city in U.S., DPD chief disputes numbers

Posted at 3:35 PM, Sep 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-25 18:21:57-04

The FBI released 2016 crime statistics listing Detroit as the number one violent city in the United States per capita.

The FBI's "Crime in the United States" is a compilation of information reported to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program by more than 16,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide.

800 reporting cities with populations over 50,000 in 2016 are included in the statistics.

In 2016, an estimated 1,248,185 violent crimes occurred nationwide, the report said.

There were 13,705 violent crimes reported overall for the city of Detroit.

"We vigorously refute the FBI's numbers," Detroit Police Department Chief James Craig said. "We track our own stats."

The top ten most violent cities in the U.S. per capita, according to the FBI, are:

  1. Detroit
  2. St. Louis
  3. Memphis, Tenn.
  4. Baltimore
  5. Wilmington, Del.
  6. Rockford, Ill.
  7. Kansas City, Kan.
  8. Cleveland
  9. Flint
  10. Milwaukee

Hear Chief Craig's comments about the stats below: