For years Chicago police rated the risk of tens of thousands being caught  up in violence. That controversial effort has quietly been ended. - Chicago  Tribune

Heather Mac Donald has the grim details at the Wall Street Journal this week. While anecdotal evidence we’ve been covering here for the past ten months certainly suggested it, the final numbers are in. 2020 saw the largest percentage increase in homicides since accurate records have been kept on these statistics. And the lion’s share of the killings took the form of drive-by shootings. Also of note is the fact that the large majority of the victims were Black. If you ask most of the largely Democratic mayors of the large or medium-size cities where the killings were most prevalent (or most of the mainstream media), they’ll tell you that this surge was driven by the pandemic. But as Mac Donald notes, the data doesn’t back that up. (Subscription required)

The year 2020 likely saw the largest percentage increase in homicides in American history. Murder was up nearly 37% in a sample of 57 large and medium-size cities. Based on preliminary estimates, at least 2,000 more Americans, most of them black, were killed in 2020 than in 2019. Mainstream media and many politicians claim the pandemic caused this bloodbath, but the chronology doesn’t support that assertion. And now the criminal-justice policies supported by President Biden promise to exacerbate the current crime wave, while ignoring its actual causes.

The local murder increases in 2020 were startling: 95% in Milwaukee, 78% in Louisville, Ky., 74% in Seattle, 72% in Minneapolis, 62% in New Orleans, and 58% in Atlanta, according to data compiled by crime analyst Jeff Asher. Dozens of children, overwhelmingly black, were killed in drive-by shootings. They were slain in their beds, living rooms and strollers. They were struck down at barbecues, in their yards, in malls, in their parents’ cars, and at birthday parties. Fifty-five children were killed in Chicago in 2020, 17 in St. Louis, and 11 in Philadelphia. In South Los Angeles alone, 40 children were shot, some non-lethally, through September.


The reason the pandemic excuse doesn’t pan out is obvious. In the first months of the lockdowns and other pandemic restrictions, murders (along with almost all other types of crime) were actually down. When did the spike really begin? Look at Chicago for one key indicator. On May 31st, the Windy City recorded 18 murders, the most in a single day since the 1960s. Some of you will likely recall what else was going on at that time. George Floyd died on May 25th and that’s when the protests and riots began. The three cities with the largest spikes in homicide are Milwaukee, Louisville, and Seattle. Do I really need to fill in the blanks for you on this?

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  • The Drug Cartels are taking over our inner cities... with millions of indigent illegal aliens crossing America's open border, what can we expect? Our newly installed progressive Marxist government is encouraging illegal entry, inviting the Cartels to take advantage of the open Southern Border.   America's inner cities are rapidly becoming third world banana enclaves where violence and dysfunctional government encourage violence and all forms of criminal conduct.

    Our major cities and liberal politicians are encouraging crime... releasing convicted criminals by the busloads onto our already criminally challenged cities to reap even more destruction. Where are the law and order politicians and the outrage of the public... obviously the MSM is playing down the very real dangers as they seem to be working with the Marxist to ensure America becomes one more failed state... one more banana republic on their march to world dominance and a new age cancel culture of crime and debauchery. 

  • All under Trump, he didn't stop it... Biden will stop it, the Federal (as if the Russian Federation) way, but actually the Chinese commie way and guess who will be the "terrorist" scapegoat

    • The Trump Administration was underperforming as a law and order Administration... America is indeed reaping the effects of his DHS, DOJ, and FBI failure to enforce the law... The election fraud and open criminal conduct in our major cities are all part of the Trump legacy... His trade policy and economic boom may be short-lived, but his lack of law enforcement shall have long-term deleterious effects on us all.... not just the inner cities.

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