Posted on March 10, 2021

Murder in America

Chris Roberts, American Renaissance, March 10, 2021

Fatal Shooting in the Bronx

March 5, 2021, New York: Detectives investigate a possible fatal shooting in a Bronx bodega. (Credit Image: © Steve Sanchez / Pacific Press via ZUMA Wire)

In 2020, the number of murders in most large American cities rose sharply. Usually, a sharp rise in crime elicits law-and-order proposals from politicians and tougher enforcement  — as in the late 1960s and the early 1990s. The opposite happened last year, especially after George Floyd’s death in May. Democrat mayors and district attorneys stopped prosecuting “low-level” offenses such as loitering and fare evasion. Authorities dealt with Black Lives Matter and antifa rioters leniently, often detaining them for just a few hours, and then releasing them. This created an atmosphere of lawlessness, and prompted America’s highest ever increase in murder rates in a single year.

Monthly homicide data are not available for most cities, but in five for which January 2020 and January 2021 can be compared, all but one saw an increase.

New York City
2020    2021    Change
27   25    -7.4%


2020    2021    Change
35   51    +45.7%


Los Angeles
2020    2021    Change
29   39    +34.5%


2020    2021    Change
38   50    +31.6%


Washington, DC
2020    2021    Change
16   17    +6.3%