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FBI Says 2020 Recorded The Highest Murders In America And 2021 Could Break That Record

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The annual Uniform Crime Report for 2020 released on Monday by the American FBI indicated that more people were killed in homicides crimes that year than any other year in the history of the US. That is the largest year over year increase since the FBI began compiling an annual report in 1960.

There were more than 21,500 murders last year, a total not seen since the mid-1990s. The murder rate in 2020 was about 6.5 per 100,000 people, about 40% below what it was in the 1980s and 1990s when homicides peaked in the United States.

Law enforcement officials say there are many reasons for this partly the economic and social stress of the pandemic, an increase in purchases of firearms and possibly a pullback by police after massive protests against them in 2020.

Those numbers remain well below the highs of the mid-1990s, But the trend continues for 2021 and it is a national trend not a regional one, it occurred in all regions of the US. There have been record-high numbers of murders in major cities including Albuquerque, New Mexico, Memphis, Tennessee, Des Moines, Iowa, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in Pennsylvania where we’ve seen 400 murders so far this year, the city is on pace to set a new record for 2021. 104 people were shot and 19 were killed in Chicago over the long Independence Day weekend in July so when these numbers are reported for 2021 across the country, It is likely that the total murder numbers will be higher.

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