End of year report: at least 12 U.S. cities broke their homicide records in 2021

A new report from ABC News reveals that twelve major cities here in America have broken their homicide records this year. 

And, as the outlet points out, 2021 isn’t over yet. There are still over two weeks left in the year, and a few more cities are closing in on their own homicide records.

Some specifics

The twelve U.S. cities that have already broken their homicide records are Rochester, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Toledo, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Austin, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; St. Paul, Minnesota; Portland, Oregon; Tucson, Arizona; and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Many of these cities, including St. Paul, Indianapolis, Louisville, Toledo, Columbus, and Baton Rouge had just set their homicide record in 2020. Others, however, have broken records that have been in the books for decades. Portland, for example, broke the homicide record that was set in 1987, and Austin broke its record that was set in 1984.

The largest number of homicides was seen in Philadephia, which has witnessed over 520 in 2021. That’s more than New York City and Los Angeles – the two largest cities in the U.S. – combined.

The next highest number is 246, in Indianapolis, then Columbus, with 179, Lousiville, with 175, and Baton Rouge with 137. The remaining cities are in the double digits.

Two other cities that might break their homicides records by the end of 2021 are Milwaukee and Minneapolis. The former is 12 homicides away, and the latter is 6 away.

The big question: why?

It is not scientifically possible to determine why it is that the crime surge is occurring. Fox News, however, points out some of the things that may be contributing to the rise in crime.

They include “bail reform, lack of arrests, fall out from police retirements and resignations following 2020’s nationwide calls to defund the police.”

The defund the police movement really picked up momentum in the summer of 2020 after the death of George Floyd.

Subsequently, Fox reports, “there was a 45% increase in the police retirement rate and a nearly 20% increase in resignations from officers in 2020-2021 compared to the previous year.”

It is also likely no coincidence that the twelve cities listed by ABC News are all run by Democrats.

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