Corruption in Dubuque dates back over a hundred and eighty years ago to 1823. The infamous Ku Klux Klan had steadily escalated in power in the small town, and starting that year, there were three cross burnings in eighteen months. Later at a clan meeting in a nearby field, the KKK and an anti-Klan group began rioting, intensifying the bloodshed in Dubuque. 1 While bigger cities may have brushes with mafia godfathers or Colombian drug lords, this city on the Mississippi was terrorized by a renowned hate group. They have had their share of racism and prejudice as well.
While in its more recent years the murder rate in Dubuque has gone down from that time, the crime rate in the city remains rampant. Although there was only one reported murder in the year 2000, there were thirty four rapes in the city alone. If anyone thinks terrible things can only happen in gigantic cities, they are sorely mistaken. There were also three hundred and seventy nine confirmed robberies and a hundred and seven instances of grand theft auto. 2 All this for a town that only has around 90,000 inhabitants? That makes a lot of criminals for one tiny city.
Ironically, it was the fact that Dubuque's crime rate was lower than other cities that made it a prime target for gang activity. Since gangs have been on the influx in recent years, the drug traffic running through the city has also increased.3 This is a problem that is... [continues]
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