Several Democratic Party-ruled cities across the nation experienced a surge in homicides in the past year. Crime data shows many cases disproportionately affected African Americans.
Black people represented a substantial number of murder victims in six major cities in the first six months of 2021, compared to the same time last year despite a sharp increase in crime. This is the worrying conclusion Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) reached.
DCNF reviewed police department data and discovered a major jump in firearm-related crimes against African Americans.
“We are seeing an uptick in violent crime across the country, specifically gun violence,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava (D) recently told the New York Times.
The DCNF also gathered homicide information from Chicago, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Indianapolis. The foundation revealed these cities are among the few locations where such information is easily available. Most major cities have minimal 2021 data on murders and homicide victims.
The ratio of black murder victims in Chicago increased from 70 to 81 percent during 2020-2021, while the figure increased from 60 to 90 percent year-on-year in Milwaukee. The percentage of black victims reduced in just one of the cities studied, while the overall number of black victims climbed.
Black Lives Matter activists held rallies across the nation in 2020, and Democrat officials in most cities responded by drastically cutting police funding. Thousands of protests and riots occurred around the country due to Minnesotan George Floyd, who died after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin allegedly kneeled on his neck during May 2020.
University of Missouri criminologist Richard Rosenfeld blames the jump in violence on weak public confidence in law enforcement officers.
“When police legitimacy is greatly reduced, you get more crime because people are no longer relying on the criminal justice system for assistance,” Rosenfeld told the New York Times. “People are less willing to cooperate with police in investigations, less willing to report crimes or other problems to the police and more willing to take matters into their own hands.”
A random sample of 37 cities shows the number of homicides rose by nearly 18 percent across the nation since 2020, according to homicide statistics in six locations obtained by the paper.
Data analytics reporter Jeff Asher revealed the number of homicides climbed by 36.7 percent in 2020 compared to 2019.
Final national murder update of 2020:— Jeff Asher (@Crimealytics) December 29, 2020
Murder up 36.7% in 57 agencies with data through at least September (though most have data through November). Murder up in 51 of 57, 37 of 58 agencies reporting murder up more than 30%.
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Third of LA shooting victims are black
Between January 1 and June 21, 2020 black individuals represented 92 of 272 killings recorded in Los Angeles County, which encompasses the City of Angels and surrounding towns. African Americans accounted for 103 of the 315 total homicides in the same period in 2021, according to a Los Angeles Times database.
Data also shows the percentage of black murder victims across the nation remains stable at about 33 percent year on year. However, increased violence caused at least 11 further deaths in the black population across L.A. County compared to the previous year.
Hispanic individuals represent the county’s largest demographic group and accounted for half and 57 percent of murder victims in 2020 and almost six months to June 21, 2021. African Americans accounted for the second-highest number of murder victims.
Under the leadership of Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council approved a $150 million cut to the city’s police department in July 2020.
The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) predicts it will take “years to recover” from that political stunt, and longer response times to emergency calls.
“It will result immediately with less officers patrolling the streets,” LAPPL spokesman Dustin DeRollo said according to the DCNF. “It means less time to do community-based policing like building relationships in neighborhoods, and it also will mean less ability to implement the training that everybody wants our officers to have.”
In March, Los Angeles County Metro unanimously authorized a $36 million budget increase for transit police in response to rising violent crime. Mayor Garcetti strangely voted in favor of the increase as a member of the Metro board of directors.
Homicide jumps in Chicago
According to a Chicago Sun-Times database, at least 317 homicides were reported in Chicago between January 1 and June 22, 2021. A total of 295 murders took place at the same time last year.
African Americans accounted for 207 murder victims in Chicago from June 22, 2019, to June 22, 2020. Black individuals fell victim to about 81 percent of killings so far in 2021, compared to about 70 percent of murders the year before.
Meanwhile, Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot recommended an $80 million decrease to Chicago Police Department spending in October, according to Injustice Watch.
“While we will slow the rate of growth, with a resulting $80 million in corporate fund savings on my watch, we will never make cuts or policy changes that inhibit the core mission of the police department–which is to serve and protect,” she said according to the Sun-Times.
Illinois was the first state to abandon its cash bail system earlier in 2021 completely. The Prairie State introduced a bill to establish a more stringent decision-making procedure for courts to determine whether a person accused of crime poses any real threat.
“This legislation marks a substantial step toward dismantling the systemic racism that plagues our communities, our state and our nation and brings us closer to true safety, true fairness and true justice,” Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker said according to NBC News.
Indianapolis black people commit most homicides
African Americans accounted for 58 of 98 murder victims in Indianapolis between January 1 and June 1, 2021. Black people also committed 53 of 70 total homicides in the year before, according to the Indianapolis Star’s homicide database.
Although the percentage of black homicide victims reduced from 75 to 59 percent, the total number of black homicide victims climbed throughout the 12-month period.
Last year, Democratic Mayor Joe Hogsett resisted proposals to cut the Railroad City’s police department budget. He requested a $7 million boost in the police budget instead, according to the Indianapolis Recorder.
Baltimore police budget shrinks
According to a Baltimore Sun database, black people accounted for 69 of the 152 (45 percent) total murder victims in Baltimore between January 1 and June 17, 2021.
While statistics for the same period in 2020 are unavailable, the database reveals African Americans fell victim to 130 (39 percent) of the 335 homicides committed in the past year.
The database also shows most murder victims in 2020 and 2021 were recorded without racial information. When the race was specified, black people comprised the vast majority of victims.
Baltimore City Council responded to this information by shrinking the city’s police budget by $22 million back in June 2020.
“I am proud to lead a city council that took the first step to responsibly reduce Baltimore’s budget dependence on policing,” said former council president Brandon Scott, who later became city mayor, according to the Baltimore Sun. “This is just the beginning, and I intend to continue leading this process to redirect our public dollars and reimagine public safety in Baltimore.”
Baltimore City State Attorney Marilyn Mosby revealed in March she would no longer prosecute prostitution, drug possession, or other minor charges, according to NBC affiliate WBAL-TV.
After multiple shootings in a popular neighborhood of Baltimore earlier this month, 37 business owners threatened to stop paying taxes until Scott addresses rising violence. The entrepreneurs warned allowing petty crimes to continue would eventually lead to major crimes.
120 Milwaukee cops retrenched
Murder data from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shows that between January 1 and June 17, 2020, the total number of homicides in Cream City jumped from 75 to 87 compared to the same time last year.
According to the database, black individuals fell victims to 79 (90 percent) of all killings reported in 2021. Although isolated victim data for the first six months of 2020 is unavailable, African Americans accounted for 74 percent of all 2020 murder victims across the city.
Milwaukee Common Council authorized a police budget cut in November that caused 120 officers to be made redundant.
“Although the proposed budget cut would undoubtedly impact the operations of the Milwaukee Police Department, we remain committed to working and engaging with our community, elected officials and public safety partners to ensure that all of our neighborhoods are safe, vibrant and livable,” the department said in a statement obtained by the Journal Sentinel.
Pittsburgh freeze hinders diversity
Black people represented 90 percent of murder victims in Pittsburgh between January and April. This compares to 60 percent of murder victims reported as being African American in the previous corresponding period, according to Allegheny County records.
Twenty homicides were reported between January and April 2021, compared to 10 in the same time last year. No data is available beyond April 31.
Pittsburgh City Council announced a hiring freeze for the police department in July 2020. Council also ordered the agency to devote 10 percent of its annual budget to social service projects, according to WPXI-TV.
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police warned the freeze would significantly hinder the ability to improve diversity within its ranks.