Washington — Data released Monday by officials showed U.S. pesticides in the United States rose nearly 30% year-on-year in 2020, the biggest increase in the year since the FBI began keeping records.
According to FBI data, homicides and non-lazy homicides rose an estimated 29.4% to 21,570, an increase of 4,901 compared to 2019. This is the highest estimated total since the early 1990s, when the drug war broke out in many parts of United. States and the number of murderers topped 23,000 per year.
Violent crimes increased by 5.6% year-on-year in 2020, while property crimes continued to decline for nearly 20 years, with a decline of 7.8%. Robbery and rape have come down by 9.3% and 12% respectively.
James Allen Fox, a criminal scholar at Northeastern University in Boston, said he believes 2020 is a “unique situation” and not part of a long-term trend. He attributed the dramatic increase to a confluence of factors, including the coronavirus pandemic, political and racial conflicts and people who generally have too much free time.
“I don’t want to downplay what happened. I don’t want people to believe this is a permanent trend as the skies fall,” Fox said. Even though the number of murderers has increased significantly, he said, the number is 30 Years ago during the crack cocaine epidemic was far less than the country tolerated.
While the decline in other crime categories is positive news, homicide was a surprising trend – it continues this year as well. Many communities in rural and metropolitan areas are experiencing a steady increase in homicides. A year after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the outbreak of protests against police, the rise of violence became a political battleground. Many candidates with legal enforcement backgrounds are contesting or running for various offices across the country.
The gun control group said firearms were the main driver of the violence.
“This jump in killings is the latest evidence of an outbreak of gun violence in the COVID outbreak,” John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said in a statement. “This cycle of death continues until we stop the flow of illegal guns and invest in proven intervention programs.”
The Unified Crime Reporting Program is run by the FBI and collects annual data from various categories of law enforcement agencies, including violent crimes, rape, robberies, weighted assaults and property crimes. The data is estimated as not all institutions submit the information. The FBI released data submitted by about 85% of 18,619 eligible law enforcement agencies in 2020. As a result, the FBI warned against using the report to rank cities.
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Killings rose nearly 30% in 2020, the biggest year-long jump ever
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