>> Just hours before the first presidential debate, the FBI releasing a bombshell report showing a sharp spike in murders in 2015. The agency identifying more than 15,600 killings, compared to 14,000 the year before. Violent crime overall, including rape and assault, edging higher as well. But Reuters' correspondent Andy Sullivan says there's a silver lining for the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton.
>> The report shows that violent crime did rise in 2015 from the year before. But it's still lower than it was in 2012 and much lower than pretty much every other year before that going back to 1996, when the rate was nearly double what it is now. It is interesting to look at the variances by region.
The South is a far more violent place than the rest of the country. The homicide and murder rate for the South is more than doubled than it is for the West or the Northeast or the Midwest.>> 2016 rivals Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton differing sharply on how to handle rising crime.
Trump praising aggressive policing including stop and frisk tactics that critics say unfairly target minorities. Clinton pushing for tougher gun control and national guidelines on the use of force by police.>> I think this report gives Trump a talking point, he can bring it up in tonight's debate and say look, crime is on the rise, we need to be tough on crime and we need to crack down on crime.
But the broader picture really is one of steadily decreasing crime levels.>> FBI Director James Comey has warned increasing scrutiny of police was creating a chill wind that could lead to more crime.