US Murder Rates Hit 25-Year High

US Murder Rates Hit 25-Year High

( – Murders during 2020 increased over 27% from the prior year, but 2021 numbers are estimated to be even worse. In fact, FBI officials expect killings nationwide to hit 6.9 per 100,000 people, which is slightly lower than the historically high murder rate of 25 years ago. Former NYPD Commissioner Howard Safir suspects the increase may be due to many factors, which could include “cancel culture” and the rampant negative view of police officers, not to mention the lack of support for the men and women in blue.

When Safir headed up the New York City Police Department, he reduced crime by 38% and believes US states need to get tougher on crime going forward.

The FBI specifically reported murder increases in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis, all of which proposed or implemented budget cuts in the last year. Some attribute the shocking rise in crime to social and economic unrest from the pandemic, while others point to police criticisms stemming from the public’s view of the police following the death of George Floyd. Although there was a large push to defund the police and redirect funds in many states, the efforts seemed to mysteriously disappear when politicians saw the crime rate on the rise.

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