The 32.5% increase in violent crime in Milwaukee indicated by FBI statistics does not seem very likely to be accurate, but the crime trend cannot be considered good news. The Washington Post reports that crime is up, led by a surge of violence in midwestern cities.
The surge in violence was forseen by some law enforcement types. Way back in the mid-1990s, when Richard Artison was still sheriff, I saw a magazine on his desk with a cover that screamed a warning about the violent 2005 we could all expect. Artison said the article was based on demographics -- there simply would be a spike in the population of those most likely to commit crimes.
Being predictable doesn't make the current crime stats any less distressing, but we can at least hope that this is a peak, and that this spike will have a downward slope very soon.