Thursday Must Read: Homicides in SF Remain Low as Relationship Between Community and Police Improves; Chevron Loses $9.5 Billion Appeal in Ecuador

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1. Homicides remained at historically low levels last year in San Francisco, providing yet more evidence that violent crime is unrelated to the economy. The Chron reports that there were just fifty homicides in San Francisco, and that rates haven’t been consistently this low since the 1960s. Homicides have plummeted substantially over the past three years despite the Great Recession. Law enforcement officials credit the declines in part to targeting and arresting violent criminals and to witnesses being more cooperative with police, while community groups say that SF cops have greatly improved their relationship with the public. By contrast, in Oakland, where police have a poor record of solving violent crimes and their relationship with the public remains dismal, homicides increased last year to 103 compared to 90 in 2010.

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