Murder rate increased by up to 25% in some jurisdictions in 2020: Reports

During a year marked by a global pandemic and widespread civil unrest across much of the U.S., the nation reportedly experienced a surge in violent crime in 2020.

According to FBI statistics cited by the Washington Examiner, homicides have dramatically increased in many jurisdictions, reaching levels not seen in decades.

“Unprecedented increases”

The FBI’s Crime Data Explorer compiles information from nearly 13,000 law enforcement agencies and provides a stark breakdown of criminal behavior across the board.

Statistician and crime analyst Jeff Asher discussed the details in remarks to the Washington Examiner, declaring that “we’ve never seen an increase” in homicides like the one that the U.S. experienced during 2020. He went on to explain that the shocking spike was as high as 25% in certain areas of the nation.

“Previously the biggest one-year increase in murder was a 12.5% increase in the 1960s,” Asher said. “We’re really talking about unprecedented increases in murder.”

As indicated in the FBI data, the national murder rate was 6.22 per 100,000 last year — an increase from the 5.0 per 100,000 recorded in 2019.

Furthermore, Asher noted that major cities including New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles had not yet submitted their crime data to the bureau.

“Began before lockdowns”

Those numbers could have a major impact on the overall crime statistics, especially considering reports that Chicago’s homicide rate was significantly higher last year than the year before.

Charles Lehman, a researcher at the Manhattan Institute focusing on crime and policing, said that there are important figures that cannot be ignored, even if the root causes are not altogether understood.

“One thing is that this past year was exceptional and that it’s hard to make a claim about general trends in a lot of jurisdictions,” he said, as the Examiner reported. “In New York City, this trend began before lockdowns.”

Lehman noted that another factor to consider is the prevalence of anti-police sentiment and demonstrations, explaining: “It’s impossible to dissociate these trends that are associated with protests against the police and city governments defunding their law enforcement. It’s worth noting that the last time we saw these jumps in murder was after the Ferguson protests.”

Anecdotal evidence suggests police officers have become less proactive in recent years, with a Pew Research Center survey from 2017 finding that 72% of officers said their colleagues are less likely to stop and question suspicious individuals.

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  1. We the American people did not have a big surge of murders under President Trump,now with the Dumocrats that is all gone.

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  3. When those idiots in Washington did that stupid order to defund the police, what the heck did you expect? That the bad guys would behave themselves. Really.

  4. Wonder if this has anything to do with city officials tying the hands of LEOs in all these democratic run cities?

  5. Has anyone else noticed that when Democrats are in control in governing, everything goes to hell in a hand basket. They want control of everything we do. Is it just me, or has anybody thought that after the revolution, “North against the South”, that the south became the Democratic party. Since the south lost that war, and the people lost everything. Are they still hateful even in the modern world we live in today?
    When Trump became President he put American’s back to work, fixed the border, built wall, gas pricing came down, built up the military, made piece all over the world, his list of accomplishment’s are long. Then the Democrat’s pulled off the most intense, comprehensive, fraudulent election ever perpetuated in an American Election. And people wonder why we are having the problems we are having today, Come-on-man!

  6. Bring back capital punishment! The death penalty is a deterrent! It seems there is always no regard for the victims and great sympathy for the scum on his way to jail. At least first degree murder must be punished by carrying out the immediate death sentence. Never mind letting it sit on the back burner until some bleeding heart claims the violator has had adequate punishment. What about the victim? Oh yes, they are dead and out of the picture! What crap!

  7. Agree with all posts! Notice that the cities with the highest crime rates are ones with DEMOCRAT mayors and governors? What does that tell you? Demonrats are not for the people, only the criminals and illegals! The rest of us can go to hell as far as they are concerned!

  8. Read Mark 10 : 13-15 and remember when the ACLU/Teachers Union forced schools to stop Praying The Lord’s Prayer and Bible reading ???? And you wonder why this is happening! You slame the door in GOD’S face and then want HIS blessings! Without GOD of Creation teaching children right from wrong who do you think is going to teach them ???? Study Psalms and find out how prayer brings miracles!

  9. Between defunding the police, Antifa, BLM (peaceful protests really) Democratic states & cities doing nothing to control the violence, what where they expecting!!??!!?? People wake up these Democratic Senators, Congressmen, Governors & Mayors have no more idea how to take care of this than the man in the moon!! So far Cuomo, Whitmer, Newsom just to name a few are the worst bunch, all are crooks, do what they want & tell you something different than they are allowed to do!

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