The violent riots in Chicago, caused 105 deaths in July, the highest number recorded in almost three decades, surpassing the previous month’s escalation of 92 murders.
The increase in crime is also seen in arson, robbery, and gun violence, driven by the crowds that began to protest after the death of African American George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, according to The Washington Free Beacon on Aug. 7.
“I think it’s quite clear that the protests and riots contributed to the spike by creating a void as police were redirected from their normal duties to crowd control,” said Rafael Mangual, a legal policy fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
In Chicago, the death rate stands at 440 so far this year, up from 290 last year during the same period, and 2,240 gunshot victims, according to Fox News.
The increase in violence also spread to many cities, including Austin, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; Seattle, Washington; Aurora, Colorado; and Oakland, California.
The common denominator of the demonstrations is a review of racist practices, and a call to reduce police presence through underfunding and other regulations that reduce their effectiveness, as well as media insistence on describing the events as peaceful marches.
Consistently, a disproportionate increase in crime is observed by weakening the effectiveness of the agents in charge of protecting citizens.
The high levels of violence against people and federal property caused the Trump administration to send federal agents for protection, given the inaction of local authorities, predominantly Democrats.
Chicago also organized groups of people to go out and show their support for the police.
One group met at a rally called Back the Blue, which was opposed by another group of those seeking to eliminate the police, resulting in clashes and skirmishes that required police intervention, according to USA Today.
Apparently, other protagonists of violence in Chicago are the gang members who seem to have increased in recent years.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown estimates there are more than 100,000 gang members in the city, linked to at least 55 gangs that run about 2,500 smaller groups.