Five major cities are on track to surpass their 2021 homicide totals
Washington, Baltimore, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Milwaukee are on track to surpass their already soaring homicide rates from last year.
Last year, the FBI warned that the homicide rate in the US has risen nearly 30 percent since 2020 and that overall violent crime has risen for the first time in four years.
The staggering trend in homicides has continued this year. In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the homicide rate rose 24.7 percent from the same period last year.
Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia, saw a 13.4 percent and 13.3 percent increase in homicides, respectively, Fox reported first.
Meanwhile, law enforcement in Baltimore, Maryland, has reported a 7.7 percent increase in homicides this year. Los Angeles closes the Charm City with a peak of 7.3 percent.
The spate of homicides, which are not showing signs of slowing down anytime soon, are attributed in part to the hardships of COVID-19.
The increasing violence is also attributed to liberal cities’ lax bailout policies and their support for subsidizing the police movement after protests against police erupted nationally in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in 2020.
Last year, the FBI warned that the homicide rate in the US has risen nearly 30 percent since 2020 and that overall violent crime has risen for the first time in four years. The stunning trend in murders continues this year
Washington, Baltimore, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Milwaukee are on track to surpass their already soaring homicide rates from last year
People are being murdered in Los Angeles at a faster rate than they were in 2021, when the homicide rate hit its 15-year high.
This year, LA has seen 162 homicides so far — 11 more than the same time last year.
The number of attacks has also increased by almost 5 percent from 2021, with police recording 8,779 incidents so far.
Last week, a now-dead gunman killed two Southern California police officers during a shooting at a motel.
Justin William Flores, 35, was on probation for a previous gun charge at the time he committed the murders. The illegal gun sentence was handed over to Flores in 2021, as part of a lenient plea deal made possible by DA George Gascon’s lax prosecution laws.
Flores committed suicide during the confrontation with police, which took place after officers responded to a call of a stabbing at the Scenic Motel in El Monte, a small Los Angeles County suburb.
Last year, Flores, already on parole, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, a felony charge that law enforcement sources said should have sent him back to prison for a minimum of three years.
Because of Gascon – who was sworn in in late 2020 as part of a wave of awake prosecutors vowing to seek alternatives to incarceration – he was given the bare minimum sentence of two years’ probation and 20 days in prison.
The case subsequently sparked outrage, with much criticism of Gascon.
Last week, now-dead gunman Justin William Flores, 35, killed two Southern California police officers in a shooting at a Los Angeles County motel
El Monte Police Cpl. Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana died in the gunfight
This year LA has seen 162 homicides so far – 11 more than the same time last year
In Washington, 93 homicides have been reported by police this year – 11 more than in 2021.
With murders and violent crime on the rise, Mayor Muriel Bowser finds herself in a reelection battle, fighting off two challengers from the District of Columbia Council who accuse her of mishandling public safety issues and criticize her drive to hire more police officers. to take.
Against the backdrop of mass shootings across the country, the mayoral campaign reflects a wider dynamic set in old Democratic strongholds, with progressives pitting party traditionalists for crime.
“Call it sky blue versus Tar Heel blue,” said Michael Fauntroy, an associate professor of policy and government at George Mason University. ‘People are afraid of crime. There’s no doubt about that.’
Crime and public safety have dominated the campaign. The homicide rate has climbed four years in a row and the 2021 homicide rate of 227 was the highest since 2003. In January, a DC Council candidate, Nate Fleming, was carjacked at gunpoint.
Baltimore saw 337 homicides last year, up from 334 in 2020, and well above the 290 city Mayor Brandon Scott had hoped his new “violence reduction” strategies would reduce homicide rates into 2021.
There have been 153 homicides in the Charm City this year, compared to 142 in the previous year.
Meanwhile, the number of non-fatal shootings has risen from 721 in 2020 to 726 in 2021.
The violent series of shootings has continued to increase steadily since 2015. Democracy-led cities with mayors who have pushed for police subsidization — and later asked to “pay back” police forces — are now responsible for America’s most violent cities.
In Washington, 93 homicides have been reported by police this year – 11 more than in 2021. Above, police are directing pedestrians after 4 people were shot at the end of the Moechella concert at 14th and U Streets in Washington, DC on June 19, 2022
In Milwaukee, authorities have attributed the shooting to criminals who had “easy access” to weapons. The Cream City has seen 96 homicides this year — 19 more than the same time this year. This photo from a WISN 12 News video shows police responding to the scene of a shooting on Water Street and Juneau Avenue in Milwaukee on May 13, 2022
In Milwaukee, authorities have attributed the shooting to criminals who had “easy access” to weapons.
The Cream City has seen 96 homicides this year — 19 more than the same time this year.
“There is open carrying of firearms with utter disregard” for law-abiding citizens, Assistant Police Chief Nicole Waldner said in May, adding that “There is a lack of awareness that is just very difficult to resolve right now.
“It goes beyond law enforcement,” she said.
According to statistics from the Milwaukee Police Department, the city’s homicide rate has risen 48 percent in the past year.
Murders in Atlanta are also on track to beat last year’s 30-year record of 158 homicides, after a soft-on-crime mayor and pandemic lockdowns accelerated crime in the city.
According to the latest statistic from the Atlanta Police Department, released on June 11, the homicide rate in 2022 has increased by 13 percent compared to the same period in 2021. There were a total of 68 homicides so far in 2022, compared to 60. last year.
Atlanta police have said ‘irresponsible gun ownership’ has led to many of this year’s shootings, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitutionafter more than 2,000 firearms were stolen from vehicles in Atlanta last year.