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Crime Watch: Robberies and Rapes Way Down, Homicides Way Up Across US

Some police departments are blaming the increase on the unintended consequences of coronavirus restrictions and the summer’s mass riots.

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According to statistics compiled from 223 police agencies, homicides across the United States have risen more than 28 percent and aggravated assaults around nine percent in the first nine months of 2020.

A Washington Post article details some of the cities where homicides have risen dramatically since this time last year. For example, Boston’s homicide rate has increased by 52 percent and Fort Worth’s by 66 percent. Interestingly enough, the cities that experienced some of the worst summer rioting have seen homicides skyrocket the most: Minneapolis (85 percent increase), Louisville (79 percent increase), Portland (68 percent increase), and Milwaukee (110 percent increase).

Overall, 70 percent of the large cities surveyed saw an increase in homicides, 21 percent a decrease, and nine percent no change.

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There are several factors that could account for this, such as the coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions, the mass riots over “police brutality” and “systemic racism,” law enforcement budget cuts, and criminal justice reform.

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In Houston, a city that did not see the levels of summer chaos that other cities saw, homicides are up 35 percent, and Houston Police Department Assistant Chief Heather Morris is partly blaming bail reform.

“We had 28 suspects last year who were on bond or parole when they committed a murder,” Morris said, “and this year we’ve had 44. The person who killed one of our officers a week ago was out on $100 bond for unlawfully possessing a weapon. […] Bond reform in some cases is needed, but you have people who allegedly committed violent crimes getting out on bond when they haven’t in the past.”

Chuck Wexler, Executive Director of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), said of the nationwide spikes: “We haven’t seen numbers like this since the ’90s. We’ve had 20 years of steady declines in crime. Is this just an aberration, or does this portend something for the future? This has been under the radar because of the pandemic, but something’s happening across the country in the most serious crimes. The next administration, they’re going to have to pay serious attention to this.”

Despite these troubling numbers in homicide rates, rapes and robberies are significantly down compared to last year. 73 percent of large cities reported decreases in robberies and 86 percent in rapes. This may be due to the coronavirus pandemic as well, since people are not out and about at the same level as last year.

In other recent crime news, Big League Politics reported that minorities are more likely to commit hate crimes than whites, per FBI statistics.

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Deadly Shooting in the Mexican State of Chihuahua Leaves 5 Dead, While Authorities Found Severed Heads on the Hood of a Truck

While the foreign policy Blob fixates about remote corners of the world, America’s backyard is gradually spiraling out of control.

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The Mexican state of Chihuahua was host to a grisly incident on February 14, 2021 when a shootout between rival factions of gunmen left five dead. On top of that, authorities found three severed heads on the hood of a truck after the gun fight.

This deadly shootout took place close to the town of Coronado, which is roughly 150 miles south of Presidio, Texas. The Chihuahua Attorney General’s Office revealed that state law enforcement found the bodies around three vehicles. One of the bodies was riddled with multiple bullets. 

The severed heads were put on the hood of a white Chevrolet Suburban that was severely damaged by gunshots. As of now, the victims’ identities and the motive behind the attack are still under investigation. 

Based on recent trends, WKRG reported that “for the past three years has seen a steep increase in violence” between proxy gunmen from the local La Linea cartel and Sinaloa cartels, which were likely involved in this incident. 

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Incidents like these are becoming more common in Mexico as the country’s institutions deteriorate and it struggles to maintain order. One of the biggest policy failures of the post-Cold War era is America’s fixation with monster chasing in the Middle East and Eurasia, when right underneath it there are multitudes of countries filled with debilitating violence and drug trafficking that’s making its way up north.

A serious political entity would be more concentrated on its own sphere of influence and cleaning up its backyard than policing remote parts of the world. Such misplaced priorities continue in effect under the administration of Joe Biden and it will likely take a serious nationalist movement to get our border security policies right.

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