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A Quick Breakdown of This Year’s Historic Violent Crime Spike in Major US Cities

Annual homicide records were broken in at least 12 major U.S. cities, according to ABC News.

SO WHAT

The murder spike isn’t over.

THE NUMBERS

“Of the dozen cities that have already surpassed the grim milestones for killings, five topped records that were set or tied just last year,” the network reported earlier this month.

Nationwide, murders jumped by 30% in 2020, according to the the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report released in September.

  • Amid a widespread police reform movement following the death of George Floyd, the number of arrests in 2020 dropped by 24%.
  • “Nobody’s getting arrested anymore,” Robert Boyce, retired chief of detectives for the New York Police Department, told ABC News. “People are getting picked up for gun possession and they’re just let out over and over again.”
  • Christopher Herrmann, an assistant professor in the Department of Law & Police Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, said the low arrest numbers could stem from the surge of officer retirements and resignations in 2020 and 2021.

The FBI has yet to release its crime data for 2021.

ZOOM OUT

Democrats have belatedly realized that rising crime makes calls to abolish or defund police a political loser.

  • Over the past year, a number of American cities have quietly reversed course on their initial plans and begun refunding the police.
  • Many proponents of police reform have walked back the most radical elements of their platform.
  • In November, voters in Minneapolis, the site of George Floyd’s death, issued one of the clearest rebukes to the “defund” movement when they broadly rejected a proposal to replace the city’s police department with a Department of Public Safety.

Similar referendums on “defund the police” met a similar fate during last month’s elections.

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