A new report has named the 50 most dangerous cities on earth. Four of them are in the United States.
The four cities, listed below, all share a common trait: they are all ruled by Democratic party. In some cases, they have had Democratic leaders for decades. All currently have Democratic mayors.
The four cities, and their Democratic mayors, are:
BALTIMORE – Led by Democrat Catherine Pugh since 2016. She has served in Baltimore politics since her election to the city council in 1999. Her predecessor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, is now Secretary of the Democratic National Committee.
DETROIT – Led by Democratic Mayor Michael Duggan since 2014, and the city has been under Democratic rule for decades.
NEW ORLEANS – Democrat LaToya Cantrell has been elected to succeed Democrat Mitch Landrieu as mayor. Landrieu has served since 2010.
ST. LOUIS – Led by Democrat Lyda Krewson since 2017. The previous mayor, Democrat Francis Slay, had served for 17 years.
South and Central America dominate a list of the most violent cities on earth, with the United States and South Africa also making an appearance.
Los Cabos, in Mexico, has been named the most violent city in the world according to a new report, with Caracas, in Venezuela and Acapulco in second and third. Of the top 50 cities, 42 of them are in South America.
In the United States, the cities of St Louis, Baltimore, New Orleans and Detroit also made the list, with Cape Town, Durban and Nelson Mandela Bay, of South Africa, appearing in the top 50.
Jamaica, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Colombia, El Salvador and Guatemala also featured.
Brazil was the country which featured the greatest number of times, with 17 cities on the list, followed by Mexico, Venezuela and the United States.
The list was complied by Mexican anti-violence think-tank Seguridad, Justicia Y Paz (Security, Justice and Peace) and ranks each city according to homicide rate per 100,000 residents.
In the case of St Louis, researchers found it had 205 murders in 2017 of a population of 300,000 for a murder rate of 65.83 per 100,000 people, ranking it 13th. Violence in the state of Missouri has been bubbling under since the Ferguson riots of 2014 and 2015.
Authors found that, compared to 2016, there has been a marked decrease in violence in Honduras, with its only two cities on the list dropping from third and fourth to 26th and 35th respectively.
Here is a chart from The Daily Mail listing the 50 most dangerous cities.