The number of murders in most major US cities this year will rise dramatically. The corona pandemic may be one explanation for that.
WASHINGTON 4 Year old Hero Taliferro lies asleep in his bed in the early morning hours of 29 June. From nowhere did bullets ring out. The boy was struck by the bullet wound and died in hospital a short time later.
“For the last time last night a family put their four-year – old child to bed,” Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith said following the shooting. “Anything of this nature should never happen in our nation. This tragic death should inspire us all to act inside our society. At only four years old, Taliferro is this year’s youngest murder victim in Kansas City. Missouri’s city in the US state is well on track to set a new negative record. In the first six months of the year, the city counted more than 100 murders, 40 percent more than in the same time in 2019.
But Kansas City is not an unusual event in the United States. There is also an rise in the number of shootings and acts of violence in Atlanta, Chicago, New Orleans and Washington. Children and young people can be identified among the victims time and again.
Chicago is going to become a bloody city
A one-year-old boy died in his stroller a little over a week ago in Brooklyn , New York. Unknown suspects opened fire on a group of people who had gathered without warning for a barbecue near a playground ..
New York Times reports recently reported that a number of U.S. cities are facing increasing murder rates. Twenty-five cities with at least 250,000 residents were surveyed by the newspaper, resulting in a rise of 16.1 per cent for all the cities studied.
“The windy city” [Windy City, “Chicago’s nickname] is going to be the bloody city,” Rev. Michael L. Pfleger told the New York Times after a weekend in Chicago with many dead and wounded. “I have never encountered such a scale of desperation, hopelessness and rage.”
In the first half of the year, more than 330 people were killed in the third largest city in the U.S., nearly twice as many as in New York (176 homicides), despite the fact that Chicago ‘s population is just around one-third of those in New York.
What’s behind this troubling development? First of all, it should be noted that crime rates still increase somewhat in the summer months. This has been shown by numerous studies, but this summer is different: there are the corona pandemic lockdown steps and their economic and social consequences, and they also shift the crime statistics.
Nobody knows why abuse happens
According to a new report, lockdown relaxation not only means a gradual return to normalcy, it also provides resources for criminals and violent offenders. Richard Rosenfeld, a criminologist at Missouri University-St. Louis and co-author of the research, told CNN that there is strong evidence that the increase in violence is partially linked to restaurant reopening and shooting.
Another factor could be the lack of faith in government agencies like the police, particularly after George Floyd’s violent death by a Minneapolis police officer. Continuing demonstrations against racism and police brutality might also lead to more crime. In 2015 and 2016, the US homicide rate increased as many Americans took to the streets, the study found.
“The fact is, we don’t know,” Phillip Atiba Goff, Center for Policing Equity’s executive director, told the New York Times.
For US President Donald Trump, on the other hand , it is clear who is to blame for the increase of violence-for him it is the Democratic mayors and governors that are not cracking down hard enough, as well as their demands for cuts of police funding. This has led to “an epidemic of shootings, robbery, assassination and horrendous violent crimes,” Trump said on Wednesday. “This bloodshed must stop.