In 2021, Chicago recorded its deadliest yr in 25 years, whereas a number of different main cities skilled record-tying and even breaking crime charges.
Axios compiled an inventory of headlines over the weekend to sum up the yr. Take a glance:
In all, 12 main U.S. cities — together with Portland, Philadelphia, Louisville, and Austin — broke annual murder information in 2021.
A December Police Executive Research Forum cited the declining quantity of lively law enforcement officials for the crime spike, and there’s hardly motive to dispute the declare. The retirement fee in police departments nationwide jumped 45% over 2020 and 2021, and one other 18% of officers resigned.
As we mentioned late final yr, crime charges started to surge following the demise of George Floyd, when leaders of darkish blue cities supported actions to defund regulation enforcement, at the same time as they refused to sentence violent BLM riots.
So how do cities plan to fight these rising crime charges? I suppose by letting lawbreakers go unscathed.
“Nobody’s getting arrested anymore,” Robert Boyce, retired chief of detectives for the New York Police Department, stated. “People are getting picked up for gun possession and they’re just let out over and over again.”
Ahh, so they’ll go on to commit worse crimes. Got it.
There isn’t any larger disaster in main city areas than these skyrocketing murder charges. Yet politicians so usually ignore these numbers and focus as a substitute on COVID circumstances and ensuring the man with the goofy Viking hat from the Capitol by no means lives a standard life once more.