Short-​​term spikes are sta­tis­ti­cally unre­li­able, espe­cially if they come after a long-​​term decline, and could just be a blip, said Dr James Alan Fox, a crim­i­nol­o­gist at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston.

It’s a ridicu­lous silly game of focusing too much on too little, trying to ascribe it to some­thing like the impact of [events in] Fer­guson,” said Mr Fox. “None of these sta­tis­tics are reliable.”

A wider window of sta­tis­tics would be much more reli­able than a handful of fig­ures rep­re­senting Jan­uary to May of this year, he said.

That flat­tened feeling police offi­cers are having in Bal­ti­more? It will pass, Dr Fox said.

I don’t want to min­imise the tragedy of so many dying… but the sky is not falling,” he said.

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